New Council of Europe response to the regulatory challenges posed by the Internet.

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On 28 May 2003, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Declaration on freedom of communication on the Internet.

The main objective is to strike a balance between freedom of expression and information on the Internet and other rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, such as the protection of children against unsuitable online content.

In response to the risk of over-regulation of Internet access, the text underlines the principle of freedom of expression and the free circulation of information on the Internet, in accordance with the requirements of Article 10 (freedom of expression and information) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Declaration condemns practices aimed at restricting or controlling Internet access, especially for political reasons.

The Declaration also deals with the freedom to provide services via the Internet, the responsibility of intermediaries and the anonymity of Internet communications.

The full text of the Declaration

ECHR, Article 10, paragraph 2: The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are described by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

[Source: Council of Europe Press Service, Strasbourg,30may03]

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Este documento ha sido publicado el 13jun03 por el Equipo Nizkor y Derechos Human Rights