Council of Europe, Media Policy

The Council of Europe (CoE)—now affiliating 46 countries—was established in 1949 to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law; promote standardization of member countries' social and legal practices; and promote awareness of a European identity based on shared values. It also considers itself a guardian of democratic security as a complement to military security. Its mandate also covers social cohesion, the security of citizens, democratic values, and cultural diversity; strengthening the security of European citizens, in particular by combating terrorism, organized crime, and trafficking in human beings; and fostering cooperation with other international and European organizations. It is increasing its monitoring to ensure that all members respect their obligations and commitments.

CoE's main components are the Committee of Ministers (CM), the decision-making ...

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