OSCE media freedom representative concerned over closure of three newspapers and one TV station in Turkey, calls on authorities to restore media pluralism

9 July, 2018 / By OSCE.ORG The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, today expressed his concern regarding the law decree issued in Turkey on 8 July, which closed down three newspapers and one TV station, in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. “I call on…

Democracy Has No Ideal Form

28 June, 2018 / By Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg (This is the fifth of a series of columns on economic growth and the challenges to democracy. Read the other parts here: The Democracy Dividend: Faster Growth;  Hardliners Learn That Democracy Can Pay Off; Central Bankers Shouldn’t Have to Rescue Democracy; Democracy’s Dividend Is the Right Kind of Growth.) According to the Economist…

‘Downright stupid, smacking of hypocrisy’ – RT’s Paula Slier on ban from OSCE conference in Ukraine

27 June, 2018 / By RT The irony is glaring: Kiev government banning journalists from attending a conference on freedom of speech. If the Ukrainians don’t see the problem, they need more than a conference to appreciate what press freedom is all about. I write this sitting in the departure lounge of Boryspil airport in…

The World Cup of Press Freedom

26 June, 2018 / By Christophe Deloire, Project Syndicate Russia today has more reporters behind bars than at any time since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. With Russia under the spotlight as the host of soccer’s quadrennial global tournament, the international community has a rare opportunity to push President Vladimir Putin to end his…

Russia’s OSCE envoy blasts Kiev’s entry ban for journalists More: http://tass.com/politics/1010993

26 June, 2018 / By TASS Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Alexander Lukashevich has condemned Ukraine’s entry ban for Russian reporter Yevgeny Primakov and RT’s correspondent Paula Slier. “We strongly condemn the deportation of reporters working for Russian mass media outlets, Primakov (VGTRK) and RT (Slier), who flew to…

Zammit Dimech to serve as EPP rapporteur on new whistleblower laws

18 june, 2018 / By timesofmalta.com MEP Francis Zammit Dimech will serve as rapporteur for his political grouping on legislation concerning whistleblowers. Dr Zammit Dimech will report back to his EPP colleagues on progress Euro-parliamentarians have made in proposing strengthened legislation to ensure whistleblowers across the EU are protected. “After standing up for what is right and exposing breaches of EU law…