Sep 15, 2016, 10:21 AM
The EU pays tribute to those journalists and media actors who have lost their lives, been imprisoned or otherwise suffered unjust consequences for exercising their right to freedom of expression.We reaffirm our commitment to promote and protect freedom of expression and freedom of the media worldwide, and to continue to promote the safety of journalists and other media workers.
Modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now part of everyday life and provide new opportunities for the fulfilment of human rights and for social and economic development. Non-discriminatory access to information and freedom of expression for all individuals, both online and offline must be ensured and protected. The internet should remain a single, un-fragmented network, subject to the same laws and norms that apply in other areas of our day-to-day lives where individuals can benefit from their rights and from judicial remedies when those rights are infringed. These principles have been recognized in the EU Council Conclusions on Internet Governance of 27 November 2015 and Conclusions on Cyber Diplomacy of 11 February 2015.
The EU is committed to further strengthening international efforts geared at the promotion of freedom of expression and welcomes the UN new special procedures mandate on the right to privacy.
Almost a year after the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the EU Human Rights Guidelines “on freedom of expression online and offline” the EU is determined to continue to use all appropriate EU external financial instruments to further protect and promote freedom of opinion and expression and to support media freedom and pluralism.