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Cultural diversity and media pluralism in times of globalisation

Council of Europe , Strasbourg, October 01, 2004 - 2004/10/01

The 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media will be held in Kiev, Ukraine on March 10-11 and will focus on the following theme: Integration and diversity: the new frontiers of European media and communications policy . The conference will enable participants to examine the future Council of Europe activities in the media field. The main topics of the Conference will be : Freedom of expression and information in times of crisis; Cultural diversity and media pluralism in times of globalisation; and Human rights and regulation of the media and new communication services in the Information Society. On this occasion, the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM) is preparing the draft political texts (a draft political declaration, draft resolutions on the three main topics of the Conference and a draft action plan) to be adopted by the Ministers at the Conference, outlining priorities for future work within the Council of Europe in the area of media law and policy.

In the draft resolution on Cultural diversity and media pluralism in times of globalisation , the Ministers of States participating in the 7 th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy will reaffirm the importance of media pluralism for the full exercise of freedom of expression and information in a democratic society. Noting the increasing trend towards concentration in the media sector, both in Europe and worldwide, as a result in particular of the globalisation of economies, They will resolve to maintain and promote cultural and linguistic diversity in the media, because they are convinced the need to adopt an international convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural content and artistic expression. They will also undertake to ensure that the guarantee and promotion of media pluralism is one of the central objectives of their national policy in the media field in the years to come. They will agree, for this purpose, to encourage the production and distribution of diversified content, both in the traditional media and the new communication services, and support the the work carried out at UNESCO with a view to adopting an international convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural content and artistic expression.

Several organisations reacted to the invitation to comment on the draft texts. See compilation of comments below. [84]