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first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2020 Statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media News June 7, 2021 Find out more News 9 July 2020 Statement in support of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned by the decision of the representatives of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan to block the renewal of the mandate of Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM).  We respect the need for a consensus vote of all member states of the OSCE on the mandate renewal as an important commitment of all OSCE participating States to abide by their commitments to freedom of expression and free media. We understand the move by Azerbaijan and Tajikistan is an attempt to weaken the essential watchdog function of the mandate.  Our organisations have worked closely with current and past RFOMs  over the years and supported them in promoting media freedom in the OSCE region. We are looking forward to further collaboration with the mandate which was due to be renewed on 19 July.  The RFOM is a critical institution in safeguarding and promoting media freedom across the OSCE region. In particular, we value assistance that the RFOM provided to the OSCE participating States on relevant issues related to the promotion and protection of the media and freedom of expression and in shaping their policies and legislation in line with international standards and OSCE commitments. We also highlight crucial support that the mandate has been providing to journalists and media organisations and to our own organisations’ mission in defending and promoting press freedom within the OSCE region and beyond.   As the COVID-19 pandemic showed, ensuring media freedom is more important now than ever. We believe that the renewal of his mandate is an important opportunity for OSCE participating States to confirm their commitment to media freedom at a time when it is threatened and pledge further support towards this important mandate. Therefore, we urge the Governments of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan and all OSCE participating States to uphold their international commitments and to support the renewal of the mandate of Mr Désir before it expires on 19 July.  Signed by:ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free ExpressionBelarusian Association of JournalistsCenter for Independent Journalism – RomaniaCommittee to Protect JournalistsEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of JournalistsFree Press UnlimitedFreedom HouseGlobal Forum for Media Development (GFMD)Globe International CenterHungarian Civil Liberties UnionIndex on CensorshipInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInternational Federation of JournalistsInternational Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)Metamorphosis FoundationNorwegian PENOsservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)OssigenoP24 Platform for Independent JournalismPEN AmericaPEN InternationalPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Rory Peck TrustSouth East Europe Media OrganizationSouth East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers AzerbaijanTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Council of EuropeFreedom of expression to go further Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Campaigns “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanTajikistanEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Council of EuropeFreedom of expression Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation Help by sharing this information While Azerbaijan and Tajikistan are blocking the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 28 press freedom organisations co-sign a declaration in support of his mandate. Newslast_img read more