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    The Right to Information;

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    Freedom of Expression and Restrictions;

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    Content Regulation;

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    Media Literacy;

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    “Hate Speech”;

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    Media Ethics;


The realization of human rights in the information environment requires the search for the balances between participants in the communication processes and is associated with new challenges for the rule of law and civil society. On the one hand, there is the right of freedom of expression and access to the information in the public interest, on the other – legal and ethical restrictions protecting the interests of individuals and states.

The online media and social media environment needs to reduce radicalism and conflict: the hate speech rhetoric spreading on the Internet multiplies intolerance on the basis of gender, national, religious or sexual identity. Under these conditions, the civil society and professional participants of the media environment are entrusted with the mission of disseminating legal and ethical standards of working with information.

The members of the Working Group advocate respect for human rights and the implementation of freedom of expression offline and online in accordance with the “standard” developed in UN documents, the Council of Europe and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights.

Within the group there are two working platforms:

  • Media Literacy Area
  • Platform for overcoming “Hate Speech”



Iuliia Schastlivtseva
Leonid Nikitinsky Legal and Media Center (Russia)


Maxim Burmitsky
Human Rights Youth Education Network (Belgium)