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31 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32997)  

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Title Second training seminar for media lawyers on Article 10 of the Europena Convention on Human Rights  
Status Completed 
Date 18/11/2011 - 19/11/2011 
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Countries CoE Members: Georgia
  Joint Programme Activity - SC-MLD-MEDIA II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SC-MLD-MEDIA II - Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DG I/JP/2601   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova
Expected Result 1.2 - The implementation of the media-related regulatory framework and self-regulation are improved in line with Council of Europe standards;
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

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Training Course 
Directorate Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law 
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1 http://www.interpressnews.ge/ge/sazogadoeba/184837-adamianis-uflebatha-evropuli-konvenciis-sakithkhze-seminari-tardeba.html
2 http://www.resonancedaily.com/index.php?id_rub=2&id_artc=8484  
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 32997) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Provide media lawyers with background information on how the implementation of Article 10 should be understood in the light of the case-law of the Court, as well as with basic skills enabling them to assess different cases relating to the scope and limits of the freedom of expression.

Moreover, not all media organisations in Georgia can afford to employ lawyers as full-time staff members, instead opting for consultants where necessary. In such media organisations, journalists themselves work on legal issues on a daily basis. The training, therefore, aimed also at giving those journalists a deeper insight into the topics to which Article 10 refers.
Output/Results Consultants invited by the Council of Europe – Mr Mindia Ugrekhelidze and Mr Dovydas Vitkauskas. Thanks to their long experience at the European Court of Human Rights, they ensured that the training programme was enriched with coherent and balanced content. Both the notes and practical cases (hypothetical case of K and Cumpana and Mazere v Romania) brought by them served as a basis for interesting debates among participants who were actively involved.

The questionnaires filled in by participants showed that they were very interested in further deepening their knowledge around Article 10 and its impact on the rights and responsibilities of the media.
Conclusions/Follow Up It was obvious both during the preparatory stage and the training itself that this target group – media lawyers and journalists working on legal issues - is well aware of the importance of issues arising under Article 10 and its correlation with Article 8. With this training representatives of about eight media organisations as well as two NGOs acquired a practical vision on how to deal with subtle distinctions when it comes to striking a balance between the right of expression and the right to privacy, state interference and margin of appreciation etc. Participants found very instructive an extensive list of respective jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court together with comments given in the experts’ notes which could serve as a short but concise guide to Article 10 in their future research on the subject.

This type of training activity, involving professional consultants, are always welcome by the direct beneficiaries. It is therefore logical to broaden its scope and cover a broader audience from regional media organisations as well. This could be a good starting point while preparing a third training seminar on Article 10 next year.
Participants Lawyers from various media organisations such as Georgian Public Broadcaster, Imedi TV, Maestro TV, Georgian National Communications Commission, Resonansi newspaper, Guria News newspaper, Council of the Charter of Journalistic Ethics etc, as well as general practising lawyers, representatives of NGOs - Georgian Young Lawyers Association, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. 
Consultants/Experts Mindia Ugrekhelidze (Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Georgian University, Professor) and Dovydas Vitkauskas (Former Lawyer of the European Court of Human Rights, Consultant at Justice, Human Rights, Good Governance organisation) 
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 25 
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