OSCE Media Freedom Representative is needed more than ever – RSF welcomes end of vacancy

first_img to go further News News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the appointment of a new Representative on Freedom of the Media by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The organization’s Ministerial Council confirmed today last week’s agreement on French politician Harlem Désir.Désir’s appointment ends a long standoff among the OSCE’s 57 member states. The position had been vacant since Bosnian Dunja Mijatovic’s mandate ended last March, after being exceptionally extended to allow more time to find a candidate acceptable to all members of the consensus-based OSCE.“It was high time that the OSCE ends this stalemate and agrees on a new Representative on Freedom of the Media. Leaving this position vacant permanently would have sent a disastrous message to the adversaries of press freedom, who are on the advance even in the heart of the OSCE region”, said RSF Germany’s executive director Christian Mihr.“The OSCE must fulfill its mandate to promote democracy and urgently take action in view of the growing violations of press freedom in countries such as Russia, Turkey, Poland and Hungary”, added Sophie Busson, RSF head of advocacy.An early warning system for the protection of journalists and media pluralismThe OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media is mandated to observe media developments as part of an early warning system and to help the member states abide by their commitments to freedom of expression and free media. This includes, inter alia, efforts to ensure the safety of journalists, assist with the development of media pluralism, promote decriminalization of defamation, promote Internet freedom and provide expert opinions on media regulation and legislation.Harlem Désir is the fourth holder of this office. Born in 1959, the French Socialist politician served as State Secretary for European Affairs from 2014 until a few weeks ago. Between 1984 and 1992 he headed the French anti-racism watchdog SOS Racisme. Later positions included stints as member of the European Parliament and as Secretary General of the Socialist Party.Désir’s predecessors as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media were German Freimut Duve (1998-2004) who was instrumental in creating the office, Hungarian Miklós Haraszti (2004-2010) and Bosnian Dunja Mijatovic (2010-March 2017). Both the German OSCE presidency in 2016 and the Austrian one this year had made intense efforts to find a candidate acceptable to all OSCE members. A compromise was finally found last week when the member states’ foreign ministers agreed on several OSCE top positions, including the organization’s incoming Secretary General. center_img July 18, 2017 OSCE Media Freedom Representative is needed more than ever – RSF welcomes end of vacancy Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

First Presbyterian Church, Altadena Fall Festival – September 15

Faith & Religion Events First Presbyterian Church, Altadena Fall Festival – September 15 Renew, Reconnect, Restore in God’s Blessings Published on Friday, August 24, 2012 | 3:34 pm Join the First Presbyterian Church, Altadena in this fun, “Grow in the Knowledge-Share the Faith” event which will be held on September 15, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.There will be game booths and prizes (1st prize of $500.00, 2nd prize $250.00 and more), snow cones and baked goods, teriyaki chicken dinners, Korean bulgogi beef, chow mein and spam musubi, hamburgers, hula dancing, singing and music, as well as local art and photography. Admission is free and parking is free.First Presbyterian Church, 2775 Lincoln Avenue, Altadena, (626) 791-4271 or visit www.altadenapresbyterian.org. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena read more