The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reports that free and pluralist media is vital to the democratic functioning of the European Union (EU) and its Member States. However, journalists and other media actors in the EU face various challenges, including violence, threats and other forms of pressure, both direct and indirect.
The Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime entails an extension of the Cybercrime Convention’s scope, including its substantive, procedural and international cooperation provisions, so as to cover also offences of racist or xenophobic propaganda. Thus, apart from harmonising the substantive law elements of such behaviour, the Protocol aims at improving the ability of the Parties to make use of the means and avenues of international cooperation set out in the Convention (ETS No. 185) in this area.
The European Convention on Transfrontier Television was opened for signing on 5 May 1989 by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. It came into force on 1 May 1993. The Protocol amending the Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 9 September 1998 and was opened for acceptance by the Parties to the present Convention on 1 October 1998. The Protocol takes effect when all the Parties to the current Convention have accepted it or, alternatively, two years after it has been opened for acceptance (i.e., 1 October 2000), unless a State which is a Party to the Convention has lodged an objection to this automatic entry into force. The revised European Convention on Transfrontier Television and its Explanatory Report can be accessed here.
In October 2014, the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) published a comparative study on legislation sanctioning hate speech and discrimination in the member states of the European Union. The study can be found here.