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Title: Recommendation Rec(2000)23 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: Committee of Ministers - Recommendation Rec(2000)23 - on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector.pdf (Recommendation)
Committee of Ministers - Explanatory Memorandum to Recommendation No. R (00) 23 - on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector.pdf (Explanatory Memorandum)
Source: https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?Ref=Rec%282000%2923&Language=lanEnglish&Ver=original&Site=CM&BackColorInternet=9999CC&BackColorIntranet=FFBB55&BackColorLogged=FFAC75
Abstract: This recommendation, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 20 December 2000 at the 735th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, recommends member states to establish, if they have not already done so, independent regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector, and to make sure legal provisions and policy measures are in place that entrust these authorities with powers enabling them to fulfil their missions in an effective, independent and transparent manner. Moreover, an appendix to the recommendation sets out Guidelines concerning the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector. The recommendation emphasises that adequate and proportionate regulation of the broadcasting sector is necessary to guarantee the existence of a wide range of independent media, the freedom of the media, and the balance between that freedom and other legitimate rights and interests - and that specially appointed independent regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector have an important role to play in this. The guidelines in the appendix sketch what the general legislative framework should be for the independent regulatory broadcast media authorities; how their appointment, composition and functioning should be arranged, in particular with an eye on how to protect their independence, and how their financial independence should be secured; what their powers and competence should be, in particular regarding the granting of broadcast licenses and the monitoring of broadcasters' compliance with their commitments and obligations; and how their accountability should be secured. The recommendation and guidelines are accompanied by a detailed, 57-point Explanatory Memorandum.
Publication/ adoption date: 2000-12-20
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Language: English
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