The Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949 by the Treaty of London.
We are one of the founding members.
The Council of Europe is an official United Nations Observer.
It looks after the The European Court and the Convention of Human Rights
It often warns against states like Russia and Turkey interfering with and limiting the press
It issued a media alert of the UK government for the blacklisting of investigative journalists.
Why would our government do this?
Unless they want to leave the Council.
And destroy all limits on OUR rights.