Media regulatory authorities and protection of minors

Within the Council of Europe and the European Union project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, several regional conferences were organised for media authorities on common topics and in order to address them jointly. After a very successful preparation of the publication on hate speech: “Media regulatory authorities and hate speech” (2017), the participating national regulatory bodies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, with guests from Croatia proposed a second publication focusing on an equally important topic related to the protection of minors from harmful content. This publication includes information about significant cases that were dealt with by the regulators in the region in relation to the protection of minors. One part of the publication is devoted to the role of National Regulatory Authorities in this respect, including their legal and regulatory mandates.

In today’s unprecedented connected world, the majority of information is delivered to us by the media, in many forms. Whether we like it or not, media have an extremely important role in the lives of children. From birth, children are surrounded by the media – media and communication platforms and content are part of their environment, their family life, their fun and play time, their learning habits and social skill development.

The aim of this publication is, among other things, to contribute to a wider understanding of the concept of protection of minors from harmful content in audiovisual media services, the role of National Regulatory Authorities in this area, the need to involve various stakeholders providing a safe environment, both offline and on-line, for the development of children and minors, and to offer a Media Regulatory Authorities and Protection of Minors terms of providing recommendations and mechanisms for the protection of minors, as well as to facilitate further efforts and initiatives

Here you can find the publication:

References from the Council of Europe