Donnerstag, 24.06.2021 05:02 Uhr

There is no freedom without media freedom for OSCE

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 13.05.2021, 16:31 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] On 13th May in Vienna OSCE Media Freedom Representative Teresa Ribeiro at Permanent Council meeting in Vienna presented her first biannual report to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna. Governments and societies need to look onwards and lay the foundations of a new media freedom, because of the increased poverty and inequality legacy of the pandemic. Media freedom is as as important as ensuring growth and more

and more income distribution, as empowering women to facilitate their inclusion in the labour market, as granting universal access to education. It is a key ingredient for a fair and sustainable growth. When looking at media freedom in the OSCE region, I see a bleak picture, said OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro. Ribeiro expressed her concerns about the gross violations of free speech and journalists’ rights for the past period and commemorated the two recently killed journalists in the OSCE region. “These murders are a terrible blow to all media, to society, and all of us, as they show that we still live in a region where journalists literally risk their lives when doing their work,” said Ribeiro.

“But mostly, these attacks are a terrible blow to the family, relatives and friends of these journalists, who now have to live on without their beloved ones. My deepest sympathies go out to them.” Ribeiro referred to the blatant infringements on media freedom in a number of countries, most notably in Belarus, where a large number of journalists were detained and physically attacked and where new regulations were introduced that violate freedom of expression. She also mentioned the many less visible issues that negatively affect media freedom and journalists’ rights. “These violations creep in slowly, and taken together form a new systemic approach that silences critical voices and dismantles media pluralism.”

The report points out some of the developments that Ribeiro observed, involving the growing distrust towards journalists and anti-media sentiment, increasing abuse of journalists offline and online (especially women media workers), the use of legal means and arbitrary detention to hinder and harass journalists and a gradual limiting of the free flow of information. Ribeiro also mentioned the challenges that the increasing importance of the online sphere poses, including disinformation and the increasing use of artificial intelligence. “When seen in their overall context, such developments can and will lead to a gradual, but certain decay of a freedom we all hold, and should hold, dear.”

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