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PCF-IV.1-Media   IV.1. Improve freedom, independence, pluralism and diversity of media

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01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017
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    Project Purpose 0      2016/DG I/JP/3685   Freedom of Media in Ukraine 176 943 
    IV.1. Improve freedom, independence, pluralism and diversity of media      
    Expected Result 0.1 The capacity of media professionals to implement the new law on Audio-visual Media Services, has increased, new by-laws have been developed;
    Capacity of 30 media professionals from major TV and Radio companies of Ukraine is strengthened on implementation of the law on Audio-visual Media Services. Legal expertise relevant by-laws is provided upon request;

     
    Expected Result 0.2 The capacity of the regulator, the National TV and Radio Council of Ukraine, to implement the laws on the transparency of media ownership, digital switchover, implementation of sanctions to broadcasters, transition from licensing to permissions system, oversight of the public broadcasted, has been increased. The web-site of the regulator has been modernised in accordance with Council of Europe expert recommendations and performs new functions for transparency of media ownership is modernised;
    The staff of the National TV and Radio Council of Ukraine improves their capacity to deal effectively with implementation of new legislation, digital switchover and oversight of the public broadcaster. The new web-site of the regulator is developed and meets best European examples in the area of transparency of media ownership;

     
    Expected Result 0.3 More community media outlets have been established outside Kyiv/in the regions, including in areas where ethnic minorities live, MPs’ and authorities’ awareness of media policy on community basis has been increased, the legislation in this area was improved;
    Through the public discussion in the Parliament, the MPs and authorities have increased knowledge on the role of community media at the background of the decentralisation reform in Ukraine; More than 100 regional journalists are trained on the features of the work of community media, including protection of minorities rights, through up to six trainings in the region;

     
    Expected Result 0.4 Public awareness about the role and importance of the public service broadcaster has been increased.
    Big group of young people have better understanding of the role of the public service broadcaster thanks to the awareness raising campaign.

     
    Project Purpose 1      2015/DG I/JP/3264   Freedom of expression and media freedom - Azerbaijan 800 000 
    Enhance national legislation and media regulation in compliance with European standards to secure freedom of expression and information. Sound proposals of reforms to strengthen the legal framework and infrastructures to further secure the safety of journalists in their role to uphold freedom of expression and access to information are considered by authorities.  National legal framework concerning the media and its impact on freedom of expression and access to information

    CoE legal and political documents and monitoring reports

    Partner institutions reports

    Media reports

    CSOs reports

    Case-law
     
    Political stability

    Government's commitment to human rights, rule of law and multi-stakeholder principle will continue.

    The Government and Parliament take note of and implement CoE recommendations.
     
    Expected Result 1.1 Higher number of investigations and judicial actions that result in convictions, in cases of physical and legal harassment (including detention) of journalists.
    Comparative analysis reveals an increase of the number of cases in the last 5 years and of more rulings that are in line with European human rights standards.

    Increase of positive results of the work of an independent monitoring mechanism to address court cases where charges are pushed by public officials on grounds of media criticism, public statements, physical attaches, threats and other forms of intimidation of media professionals and to review the existing legal framework to ensure equitable access to justice in such cases

    Progressive case-law highlights the increase of protective measures for journalists.

    Increased number of such cases exposed by the media.

    CoE expert and monitoring reports

    CSOs reports and websites

    Monitoring reports

    Media watchdog reports

    Press releases

    Judicial databases
     
    Commitment of national authorities in particular, law-enforcement to human rights and the rule of law.

    CSOs engagement in supporting the safety of journalism in its advocacy and actions

    Legal professionals, judges and law-enforcement a committed to improving freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in accordance with European standards

    Expected Result 1.2 In line with ECHR and respective case-law, legislation on defamation (in particular with regard to criminal sanctions for defamation) is removed from the Criminal Code. Civil sanctions for defamation are introduced which are reasonable and proportionate.
    Legal reforms according to CoE standards, including the opinion of the Venice Commission, are considered and adopted.

    Roundtables/seminars are organised for lawyers, judges and prosecutors to build their capacity and will lead to expertise and recommendations on relevant and possible legal reforms at the request of national authorities.

    Conferences with all relevant stakeholders organised which will address freedom of expression and access to information and related required legal measures found on best practices to improve the existing framework in line with coe standards.

    National legal framework concerning defamation and the opinion of the Venice Commission

    Meeting reports

    Coe expert reports

    PACE reports

    Venice Commission reports

    Case-law

    Partner institutions reports
     
    Government's commitment to human rights and the rule of law will continue.

    The Government and Parliament take note of and implement CoE recommendations.
    Expected Result 1.3 A sustainable independent legal service for the protection of journalists' rights is put in place.
    An inception report on the past role of such structures, with examples of best practices of such mechanisms from other countries and recommendations is prepared and presented to decision-makers.

    National authorities express their support of the re-establishment of this structure according to CoE standards in a roundtable discussion with relevant stakeholders.

    Financial support is identified to ensure sustainability.

    Positive written feedback of authorities on coe recommendations contained in the inception report

    Meeting reports

    CSOs reports

    Partner institutions reports
     
    National authorities are committed to protecting the safety of journalists from physical and legal harassment and engage in financing civil society working in this area.

    The Government and Parliament take note of and implement CoE recommendations.

    CSO's advocacy in line with CoE standards for the establishment of such service finds support among decision-makers.

    National authorities and CSOs hold a long-term and constructive dialogue.
    Expected Result 1.4 Enhanced policies for broad internet access.
    An expert report is prepared on access to information and includes recommendations to improve broad internet access.

    The expert report and other relevant CoE standards are translated and made and presented in roundtables on freedom of expression and access to information.

    Meeting report

    List of participants

    Expert reports

    Partner institutions reports
     
    The Government's commitment to human rights, rule of law and multi-stakeholder principle will continue.

    The Government and Parliament take note of and implement CoE recommendations.
    Project Purpose 2      2015/DG I/JP/3265   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media - Georgia 250 000 
    Enhance freedom of expression and access to information with an open, independent and pluralistic media, in accordance with Council of Europe standards. Sound policies on freedom of expression and information in accordance with CoE standards are further considered by national authorities.

    Additional journalists and students of journalists are aware of CoE standards on freedom of expression and information and related good practices.

    The media landscape is widened with more visibility of minority groups.

    Public service broadcasters are more independent politically and financially.
     
    National legal framework in the field of media

    CoE and other international organisations' monitoring reports and legal, political and financial documents

    Media and domestic NGO reports and of other national partners

    New awareness-raising and training material for journalists on their rights and responsibilities

    List of participants of training sessions and conferences

    New sources of media that are inclusive and more diverse

    National authorities' State programmes and executive orders related to Information Society and media freedom.
     
    Political stability.

    Government's commitment to human rights and the rule of law will continue.

    Media remains free and pluralistic

    Civil society organisations in the media field operate in a constructive and consolidated fashion
     
    Expected Result 2.1 To improve professionalism, responsibility and respect of ethical rules among journalists by continuing to raise awareness on their rights and professional ethics.
    Trainings and seminars on the rights and responsibilities of journalists are delivered to at least 20 journalists per session.

    Sustainable, dynamic and inclusive measures/programmes are proposed to raise the awareness of journalists on their rights and responsibilities.

    CoE relevant standards are translated and disseminated to media organisations to improve their ethical rules.

    More cases filed by journalists or media organisations to uphold their fundamental rights in accordance with CoE standards.

    Meeting reports

    List of participants

    Surveys, reports, research related to ethics and rights of journalists

    CoE documents and monitoring reports

    Feedback on the coe draft mapping report on measures to enhance the awareness of journalists about their rights and responsibilities

    Media reports

    Reports of domestics NGOs, CSOs and media watchdogs

    Domestic and international case-law
     
    Media organisations are committed to improving human rights of journalists sustainably.

    Engagement of journalists and media organisations in strengthening freedom of expression and information.

    Cooperation with CSOs and all other representatives
    Expected Result 2.2 To improve the quality of journalism education and training, to address their particular rights and responsibilities;
    Best practices and information are shared among all relevant stakeholders concerning education tools for journalists on their rights and responsibilities

    Meeting reports

    Coe documentation and website

    National partners' websites
     
    Media organisations are committed to improving human rights of journalists sustainably.

    Efficient cooperation with relevant training institutions (universities and professional institutes).

    Active participation of academics and CSOs representing also balance in terms of gender, ethnicity, geography.

    Engagement of journalists in strengthening freedom of expression and information.
    Expected Result 2.3 To continue to promote the independence of the broadcasting regulatory bodies and the public service broadcasters.

    Round table to promote the independence of the broadcasting regulatory bodies and the service broadcasters enables the sharing of good practices.

    Public service broadcasters are more independent politically and financially

    Proposals of legal, political and financial reforms in consultations with all relevant stakeholder groups

    Media watchdog reports

    CSOs reports

    CoE and other international organisations monitoring reports

     
    Political stability.

    Government's commitment to human rights and the rule of law will continue.

    Broadcasting regulatory body and the public service broadcasters remain free in decision-making and independent from political interference.
    Expected Result 2.4 To improve the visibility of minority groups in the media and increase promotional activities that address hate speech and intolerance
    Minority groups are given more space and visibility in existing media

    The importance of ensuring diversity considered as being included in media organisations' professional ethics

    Minority groups are better represented in media organisations

    Minority groups organisations (CSOs) are financially and politically empowered and supported.

    New and existing campaigns on hate speech and intolerance are more visible in the media

    Media watchdog reports and surveys

    Monitoring reports

    Coe and other international organisations' experts reports

    Coe national partner institutions' reports

    Press releases
     
    Political stability.

    Government's commitment to human rights and the rule of law will continue.

    Media remains free and pluralistic

    Civil society organisations in the media field operate in a constructive and consolidated fashion
    Project Purpose 3      2015/DG I/JP/3266   PCF-Media-Regional strand: Promote professional and responsible journalism by supporting regional network of self-regulatory bodies 409 000 
    Support the regional network of self-regulatory bodies and build it into an effective and eventually sustainable association to ensure professional and responsible journalism. The MoU establishing the network is further reinforced with discussions, decisions and the implementation at national and regional levels of measures to improve the relevance and effectiveness of media self-regulatory bodies and cooperation in resource-raising.  Meeting reports of national and regional meetings with lists of decisions

    List of participants

    Media watchdog reports

    CoE and national partner websites

    Activity reports of the network and of national regulatory bodies with financial reports

     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network


    Positive responses to fund-raising by both governmental and non-governmental bodies
     
    Expected Result 3.1 To improve the visibility, relevance and effectiveness of existing self-regulatory bodies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and to create new ones where relevant.
    Translation, presentation and dissemination of existing publications containing information on the role of self-regulatory bodies with respect to freedom of expression.

    Good practices of means to ensure visibility, relevance and effectiveness are shared in regional meetings and recommendations are made in this respect for national self-regulatory bodies.

    On the basis of existing and shared good practices , decisions are made at the country-based round tables on measures to implement related activities at national level for this purpose.

    Self-regulatory bodies are operational (human resources, activities..).

    Increase of rulings related to media freedoms in line with coe standards

    Meeting reports

    List of participants

    Social media webpage

    Media watchdog reports

    CoE and national partners websites

    Monitoring reports

    Judicial database

    Press releases
     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Self-regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Expected Result 3.2 To ensure regular exchange of information and experience among the self-regulatory bodies.
    Information and experience exchanged in the yearly national conferences between self-regulatory bodies. These are captured in documentation, translated and disseminated.

    Common activities and meetings are agreed in an operational plan concerning the follow-up to the project.

    Meeting reports

    Social media webpage

    CoE and national partners websites

    Operational plan
     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Self-regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Expected Result 3.3 To empower individual self-regulatory bodies to find more legitimacy in their respective countries.
    National roundtables build capacities with training on the role of self-regulatory bodies in the field of human rights, measures to improve professional codes and means to reach out to the public at large.

    National roundtables invite all stakeholders in this field to exchange information and reinforce trust with each and momentum to further cooperate and find financial support.

    Surveys at the beginning, half-way through and at the end of the project reveal progress of their legitimacy among stakeholder groups (general public, governmental bodies, CSOs etc)

    Meeting reports

    List of participants

    CoE and national partners' websites

    Surveys
     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Self-regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Expected Result 3.4 To examine and solve cross-border complaints.
    The capacity of the network to cooperate, exchange information on cross-border cases and good practices concerning measures to solve them is reinforced with discussions in regional conferences and on social media platforms.

    The number of cases that are examined increases as well as, complaints filed and the number of rulings in line with coe standards

    Meeting reports

    Media watchdog reports

    CoE and national partners websites

    Monitoring reports

    CSOs reports

    Judicial database

    Press releases
     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Self-regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Expected Result 3.5 To develop a self-sustainable model of funding for after the end of the project.
    Recommendations on a sustainable model of funding are made and discussed on the basis of shared good practices.

    A draft long-term plan is prepared and discussed in regional and national meetings on the basis of shared good practices.

    Meetings reports

    Social platform

    CoE and national partners' website
     
    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Expected Result 3.6 Cooperation between media freedom NGOs and governments is established and promoted.
    Measures on means to increase cooperation between governments and NGOs while ensuring their independence are discussed and follow-up action is implemented.


    Meeting reports

    List of participants

    CSOs reports and websites
     
    Political stability

    Support from national authorities

    Presence and active participation of all national self-regulatory bodies in the meetings of the Network

    Self-regulatory bodies are committed to finding new means to work in a sustainable manner and to continue to cooperate by exchanging information, best practices and experience.
    Project Purpose 4      2015/PACE/JP/3267   Awareness raising on the role of national parliaments in matters related to public broadcasting, access to public media and safety of journalists 170 000 
    Improve freedom, independence, pluralism and diversity of media      
    Expected Result 4.1 Increase the awareness of parliamentarians of the compliance of the CoE standards as regards the freedom of expression, independence of public service and diversity of media with their national legislation
    Parliamentarians of the committees dealing with media issues examine national legislation and media regulation in their country and its compliance with European standards;

    Parliamentarians are better aware of the CoE standards, in particular Articles 2 and 10 of the ECHR.

    They may better assess the Public service, media governance and management and through recommendations develop self-regulatory bodies and professional organisations where needed;

    The proportion of the CoE recommendations on media regulation and freedom of expression in national legislation is increased;

    concrete measures are taken to align public service broadcasting and media governance with the CoE standards;

    implementation of recommendations by authorities and professional organisations increases.

    thanks to the broadcasting regulators, the independence of the public-service broadcasting increases and there is more transparency of media ownership;

    there is a better access to public information and freedom of expression, including on the internet.
     
    Expected Result 4.2 Capacity building of the staff of national parliaments of the CoE standards in the field of Public service, media governance and management
    the staff of committees and legal service are better aware and prepared to assist parliamentarians in the work on the compliance of national legislation to the CoE standards in the field of media

    the number of staff in media regulatory bodies and public officials trained to apply CoE standards is increased;

    legal frameworks, including remedial actions, to support the implementation of CoE
    ethical standards for media professionals are improved.
     
    Expected Result 4.3 Promote the safety of journalists
    Parliamentarians raise awareness on the issues related to safety of journalists in their country/region;

    Parliamentarians are better informed on the scope of awareness-raising materials on the protection of journalists and on the means to combat impunity in accordance with the CoE standards and good practices.

    the proportion of judicial actions on physical attacks, threats and other forms of intimidation which are investigated and result in convictions is increased;

    journalistic ethics are enhanced;

    protection of journalists' rights is put in place or increases.
     



     
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