European Convention on Transfrontier Television of The Council of Europe

The Council of Europe, established in the wake of the Second World War on 5 May 1949, is based in Strasbourg, France. The main role of the organisation is to strengthen democracy, human rights and the rule of law throughout its now 46 member states. Several of its agreements and conventions apply to culture and media. In its European Convention on Transfrontier Television, ETS No. 132, the responsibilities of the broadcaster are dealt with in Article 7.


Article 7 – Responsibilities of the broadcaster

  1. All items of programme services, as concerns their presentation and content, shall respect the dignity of the human being and the fundamental rights of others.

  2. In particular, they shall not:
    a. be indecent and in particular contain pornography;
    b. give undue prominence to violence or be likely to incite to racial hatred.

  3. All items of programme services which are likely to impair the physical, mental or moral development of children and adolescents shall not be scheduled when, because of the time of transmission and reception, they are likely to watch them.

  4. The broadcaster shall ensure that news fairly present facts and events and encourage the free formation of opinions.

5 May, 1989