Pledge to protect European ministers, freedom of speech and reporters


Nicosia, Cyprus (AP) — 47 Council of Europe Ministers Protect Freedom of Expression Online and in News Media Amid Raising Concerns That Artificial Intelligence May Be Used to Reduce Rights Officials said Friday that they agreed to seek new regulations to do so.

Media and information society ministers also help the Council of Europe, the highest human rights group on the European continent, draft a national action plan to protect journalists whose security is becoming increasingly threatened these days. Requested to do.

The promise was included in a document adopted by ministers at the end of a two-day meeting held by the Council of Europe and the Government of Cyprus in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.

Ministers have agreed to create a regulatory framework that ensures that automated tools for creating and distributing news content do not limit the right to freedom of expression.

They also work with developers of artificial intelligence technologies designed to create and distribute online content on draft rules to protect freedom of expression. Journalists are invited to jointly develop a code of ethics to promote the “transparent and responsible” use of artificial intelligence in newsrooms and protect online people from the exploitation of personal data.

“This freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of our society, and it is an important national commitment to say that we need to protect it,” said the Head of the CoE Information Society Department. Patrick Penninckx says.

“We can protect democracy, protect society as we know it, and, despite the pandemic, unrestrict media freedom.”

Ministers promised to support independent media as a breakwater against the rise of disinformation and called on the CoE to tighten the standards for online content.

They also expressed their commitment to remove “all unnecessary obstacles to freedom of expression” in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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