European ministers conference put spotlight on “autocrats” and opponents of media freedom

The June 10-11 ministerial conference on Media and Democracy co-hosted by Cyprus and the Council of Europe shone a rare spotlight on the actions of European governments accused of persecuting journalists and  ‘state capture’ of media. Last Friday the Ministers issued four political resolutions and a Final Declaration and approved a “roadmap” for the 47 member states aimed at reversing the general decline in media freedom, through intense political efforts to ensure that  states implement their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Press freedom: how governments are using COVID as an excuse to crack down on the public’s right to know

On the occasion of the publication of the Reporters Without Borders’ 2021 World Press Freedom Index, UNESCO Chair Jackie Harrison and UNESCO Chair Coordinator Sara Torsner discuss how the index findings raise serious concerns about the lasting impact of the COVID-19 crisis on press freedom globally in a piece for the Conversation. 

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