Two European organisations:
- the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society and
- the Consultative Committee of Convention 108
discussed and jointly approved Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media, based on the ECHR caselaw, aiming to be an instrument of practical advice to journalists. Their announcement:
Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media
During a joint session held on 20 June, the Committee on Media and Information Society and the Consultative Committee of Convention 108 discussed and jointly approved ‘Guidelines on safeguarding privacy in the media’. Prepared in 2017 in the framework of the CoE/EU joint programme Partnership for Good Governance, these Guidelines are largely based on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and aim to be an instrument of practical advice to journalists; they do not introduce new standards and will be open for feedback, updates and additions.
As to the structure, the Guidelines are divided into two parts. The first one deals with privacy issues in the exercise of core journalistic activities, while the second concerns the application of data protection principles in the context of journalism. The first part breaks down the basic notions involved in the balancing of freedom of expression and privacy, providing insight into what constitutes private life, what entails media freedom, and how consent is incorporated in the media work. It also illustrates the scope of public interest, especially in matters of personal concern, and presents the criteria involved in the Court’s balancing test. The second part sets out the rules to be complied with by journalists in the processing of personal data, be it in the context of editorial content or non-editorial content.
- Article: Convention 108+ : the modernised version of a landmark instrument, 19 May 2018
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