International Declaration on Information and Democracy: principles for the global information and communication space

first_img Seventy years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Paris, the READ THE DECLARATIONHere“International Declaration on Information and Democracy” is establishing basic principles for the global information and communication space, which its preamble defines as a “common good of humankind.” The management of this space “is the responsibility of humankind in its entirety, through democratic institutions,” the preamble adds. Published today, this six-page document sets out democratic guarantees for the freedom, independence, pluralism and reliability of information at a time when the public space has been globalized, digitalized and destabilized.This Declaration was adopted unanimously by the members of the Information and Democracy Commission chaired by Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. After meeting for the first time in Paris on 11 and 12 September, the commission worked for nearly two months,regularly communicating by means of videoconferencing and email. The commission’s mission statement, written by its two co-chairs, said the Declaration must “constitute a point of reference that will mobilize all those who are committed to defending a free and pluralistic public space, which is essential for democracy.”The commission consists of 25 prominent figures of 18 nationalities, including Nobel laureates Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz and Mario Vargas Llosa and the Sakharov Prize laureate Hauwa Ibrahim. It also includes new technology specialists, lawyers, journalists and former heads of international organizations. The other members are (listed alphabetically): Emily Bell, Yochaï Benkler, Teng Biao, Nighat Dad, Can Dündar, Primavera de Filippi, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Abdou Diouf, Francis Fukuyama, Ulrik Haagerup, Ann Marie Lipinski,Adam Michnik, Eli Pariser, Antoine Petit, Navi Pillay, Maria Ressa, Marina Walker, Aidan White and Mihaïl Zygar.What does this Declaration bring to the body of law and deontology codes already in effect? Recognizing that the global information and communication space is a common good of humankind provides the grounds for establishing democratic guarantees. Enshrining a “right to information,” understood as reliable information, is an innovation that establishes that human beings have a fundamental right to receive information that is freely gathered, processed and disseminated, according to the principles of commitment to truth, plurality of viewpoints and rational methods of establish facts.While the concept of “freedom of expression” has been used to justify the lack of accountability for entities including platforms that create the technical mean, the architectures shaping choices and the norms for the information and communication space, the Declaration points out that freedom of expression is a right of individuals, with limited exceptions. Entities that contribute to the structure of the information and communication space must respect basic principles. Their activities must, for example, respect political, ideological and religious neutrality. They must guarantee pluralism by favouring serendipity among other means, and they must establish mechanisms for promoting trustworthy information. These entities must be predictable for those over whom they have influence. And they must be resistant to any manipulation and open to inspection.The Declaration affirms journalism’s social function, a function that justifies special efforts to ensure its financial viability. The role of journalism is to be a “trusted third party” for societies. The task of journalists is to give an account of reality, revealing it in the broadest, deepest and most relevant manner possible, not only portraying events but also explaining complex situations and changes, reflecting both the positive and negative aspects of human activities and allowing the public to distinguish the important from the trivial. The freedom and safety of journalists, the independence of news and information and respect for journalistic ethics are all essential conditions for the practice of journalism, regardless of the status of those who practise it.How should the Declaration’s principles be put into practice? The Commission calls for the creation of an international group of experts whose mandate and funding should ensure its independence from both companies and governments. It should have the power to investigate practices in the information and communication space and their impact on its means, architectures and norms. “Democratic accountability will require continuous expert participation that adequately balances global representation with rigorous evidence-based assessment of practices and conditions of knowledge production in the global information an communication space,” the Declaration says.In an appeal published today in the international media, the Information and Democracy Commission’s members say: “We urge leaders of good will on all continents to take action to promote democratic models and an open public debate in which citizens can take decisions on the basis of facts. The global information and communication space, which is a common good of humankind, must be protected in order to facilitate the exercise of freedom of expression and opinion while respecting the principles of pluralism, freedom, dignity and tolerance, and the ideal of reason and knowledge. To this end, we ask for strong commitment to be expressed as early as 11 November, during the Peace Forum, when dozens of political leaders will gather in Paris.” Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents InternetFreedom of expression RSF_en November 2, 2018 – Updated on November 12, 2019 International Declaration on Information and Democracy: principles for the global information and communication space Help by sharing this information Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents InternetFreedom of expression Newscenter_img About Reporters Without Borders Organisation Related documents international_declaration_on_information_and_democracy.pdfPDF – 147.63 KBdeclaracion_information_y_democracia.pdfPDF – 104.03 KB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization with a recognized public interest function that has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the International Organization of the Francophonie and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Headquartered in Paris, it has bureaux, sections or representatives in 17 cities (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul, Karachi, Kiev, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington), correspondents in 130 countries and 15 local partner organizations. The Commission chaired by Christophe Deloire and Shirin Ebadi is today releasing the “International Declaration on Information and Democracy,” which establishes democratic guarantees for the global information and communication space.last_img read more

Mobility Works Rocks On with Oktoberfest

first_img Business News 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. Gatherings Mobility Works Rocks On with Oktoberfest Story and Photography by DAVID ALVARADO Published on Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 2:36 pm Subscribe Top of the News HerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Mobility Works Pasadena hosted their annual Oktoberfest celebration and they packed the house. Throngs of people came by to enjoy performances by the Rough Riders Powerchair Soccer Team and Walk & Roll Foundation’s Dance Team.People were able to walk around and enjoy product demos from over 30 vendors that were showing their wares, as well as all the fantastic wheelchair accessible vehicles that were on display.And what would be Oktoberfest without food. Traditional Oktoberfest food of bratwurst, cabbage and German potato salad was lovingly prepared by Christina’s Catering. Yum!Fun, food and drinks was had by all as once again, Mobility Works demonstrated that they always host the best disabilities Oktoberfest celebration around.For more information, please visit http://www.mobilityworks.com/pasadena.php or call (626) 584-8181. 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

‘Suspicious’ fire at Black church in Massachusetts under investigation

first_imgSpringfield Fire Department/TwitterBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — A fire at a Black church in Springfield, Massachusetts, is under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.The blaze at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church was reported at 5 a.m. on Monday, Springfield Fire Capt. Drew Piemonte told ABC News.The building was unoccupied when the large fire erupted, apparently starting at the back of the church, he said.The rear of the church suffered extensive structural damage while the congregation area has extensive water and smoke damage, Piemonte said. Update 14 Concord Ter. Church fire pic.twitter.com/5n0Tp39Um6— SPRINGFIELD FIRE (@SFD_HQ) December 28, 2020There’s no evidence of arson at this time, Piemonte said, but the fire has been classified as “suspicious.”The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, FBI agents and state investigators are helping with the probe, trying to rule out all accidental causes, Piemonte said. The investigation includes examining the electrical wiring and looking at the events leading up to the fire, he said.Piemonte added, “We’ve had small trash fires in the neighborhood in the last few weeks.”Fire Commissioner Bernard Calvi described them as “several nuisance fires” in the neighborhood “that we’ve been looking into,” MassLive.com reported.Calvi called the church fire “highly suspicious,” according to MassLive.com“It looks to be an arson type of situation and we are reviewing cameras,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno added, according to MassLive.com.The state’s arson watch program is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to an arson arrest, Piemonte said. Citizens with information can call 1-800-682-9229.Church officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Christmas shopping question

first_img Loading …Follow us on Twitter. Have you got your Christmas shopping done? Yes, all of it. Some of it. But I have a long ways to go. None of it. I’m a last minute shopper. I don’t do Christmas shopping. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more