The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), an organization set up in 1949 to uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law, is currently holding its winter session. Media freedom and freedom of speech are key session issues, in the aftermath of the January gun massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris by radical Islamists.
"On the other side, there are those who would prefer that we publish nothing at all," he continued. "But both are wrong, and I want the Council of Europe to be a voice of reason in this debate."
Jagland stressed that protecting freedom of expression means to be "open about its limitations." Those limitations are imposed by individual countries, he said, urging European lawmakers to "continue to be the guardians of the freedom of expression."
Later on Thursday, PACE is scheduled to hold a debate on the protection of media freedom in Europe.