Although not a monitoring tool per se, the platform aims to improve the protection of journalists, better address threats and violence against media professionals and foster early warning mechanisms and response capacity within the Council of Europe.

The platform shall enable the Council of Europe bodies and institutions to be alerted on time, in a more systematic way and to take timely and coordinated action when necessary. It shall help the Organisation identify trends and propose adequate policy responses in the field of media freedom.

When the circumstances allow it, the Council of Europe and a member State which is directly referred to in information posted on the Platform may post reports on action taken by their respective organs and institutions in response to that information.

The platform is not a monitoring mechanism: it is rather a tool for enhancing response capacity by Council of Europe bodies and for improving co-operation and co-ordination with other international Organisations.

Within the platform, every violation is described according to the country where it took place, the category of violation, the source of threat and the alert level.It also includes a section devoted to visualizations through graphs and charts  of the data concerning registered threats and a section devoted to Council of Europe resources  on threats to media freedom.

The platform was set up in close co-operation with five major journalists’ and freedom of expression organisations – European Federation of Journalists, International Federation of Journalists, Association of European Journalists, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to protect Journalists, Index of Censorship.

The finding and updated alerts are presented here .

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