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Joint Declaration on Challenges to Freedom of Expression

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/London, 10.07.2019, 21:45 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 6599x gelesen

Rome/London [ENA] The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, launched on 10th July the “Twentieth Anniversary Joint Declaration: Challenges to Freedom of Expression in the Next Decade”, at the Global Conference for Media Freedom organized by the United Kingdom and Canada in London. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States.

He provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments The Joint Declaration was issued by Désir, together with his counterparts from other intergovernmental organizations, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye; the Organization of American States’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Edison Lanza; and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Lawrence Mute.

“This year’s Joint Declaration highlights current and future challenges faced by the media, including those which pose a threat to media independence and diversity,” Désir declared. “The protection and promotion of freedom of expression, especially but not only in the digital environment, requires digital infrastructure that is robust and universal. States need to recognize the right to access and use the Internet as a human right, as it is an essential condition for the exercise of freedom of expression.” “In order to promote and protect the right to freedom of expression in a digital environment, we need appropriate regulation,” Désir added.

The Joint Declaration can be found here: The Joint Declarations have been adopted annually by these intergovernmental mechanisms on freedom of expression since 1999 with the support of two leading non-governmental organizations in the field, ARTICLE 19 and the Centre for Law and Democracy.

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