OSCE TO DEFEND MEDIA FREEDOM IN EUROPE
by Roni Alasor
Brussels, 6 Sep 2017 - Middle East Diplomatic (MED) - On the initiative of the newly appointed OSCE Media Freedom Representative Harlem Desir and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), international journalists and media organisations gathered in Brussels to discuss media freedom in Europe.
Mr. Desir pointed out the key priorities of his mandate, which OSCE will defend in its 57 member countries. Among the main priority issues in the future will be the safety of the journalists, combating impunity, countering propaganda disinformation and fake news, counter-terrorism measures, freedom of expression, media pluralism and regulation.
Ricardo Gutiérrez, EFJ General Secretary, said that today’s challenges, including increasing attacks on journalists and the precariousness of the profession, urge all the media professionals to be united in order to counter the enemies of media freedom.
Gutiérrez gave as example the media freedom situation in Turkey with 157 journalists arrested including the recent arrest of French journalists Loup Bureau. Other issues discussed during the meeting included the case of arrested journalist Hamza Yalçin in Spain, the problematic media freedom situation in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, the ongoing media crackdown in Azerbaijan, the new surveillance laws in France, UK, Germany, the digital security.