The EFJ calls on the Council of Europe to respect commitments about press freedom and anti-terrorism laws

The EFJ together with press freedom groups

and professional organisations calls on the Council of Europe to respect

commitments made almost three years ago about press freedom and anti-terrorism

laws.

 

In May 2009, ministers committed in Reykjavik to “review national

legislation and/or practice on a regular basis to ensure that any impact of

anti-terrorism measures on the right to freedom of expression and information

is consistent with Council’s standards”.

 

In

a joint letter to the international body’s Secretary General, the campaigners

“deeply regret” that so far absolutely no progress has been made by member

states on this issue. The letter calls on council ministers to action on the

issue in the coming ministerial conference in Belgrade, Serbia 2013.