ITAR-TASS News Agency
June 20, 2005 Monday
Russia obligations to Council of Europe main item on PACE session
By Yuri Ulyanovsky
The assessment of the fulfilment by Russia of obligations to the
Council of Europe is one of the main items on the agenda of the
summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
(PACE) that begins at the Strasbourg Palace of Europe on Monday. The
Assembly’s monitoring commission has prepared a report on this issue.
Problems of mass media work in the coverage of terror acts will be
considered during the discussion of the report “Mass media and
The report contains an appeal to journalists to abstain from the
publication of shocking details when describing terrorist acts and it
is noted in the report that the fight against terrorism should not be
a pretext for limiting the freedom of the press.
Among other main items on the session agenda is the discussion of the
current state of affair in Kosovo, issues of functioning of
democratic institutes in Azerbaijan and the process of constitutional
reform in Armenia.
The Assembly will also consider problems extending out of the borders
of 46 members states of the Council of Europe – developments in
Central Asia and in the Middle East.