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- On the table: Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran
On the table: Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran
The Committee to Protect Journalists
President Hassan Rouhani sought re-election on the promise of a more open Iran. But little has changed for the press, as hardliners in the judiciary and other powerful institutions jail journalists, block websites, and maintain a climate of fear with harassment and surveillance. The current international focus on Iran and its economic ties with Europe could represent an opening to engage on press freedom and other lapsed human rights.
The Committee to Protect Journalists will be publishing a special report focusing on threats to and opportunities for the Iranian press and examine the extent to which President Rouhani has implemented press freedom reforms.
With the support of the office of Marietje Schaake (ALDE, Netherlands), the Committee to Protect Journalists hopes to draw international attention to ongoing concerns relating to press and online freedoms and raise these questions with European Union institutions.
As the US pulls out of the Nuclear Deal, the EU finds itself in a new, important role for maintaining Iranian diplomatic relations. But what scope will there be for continuing to raise the alarm bell for continued repression in the country?
Through presentations by a panel of experts, the Committee to Protect Journalists would like to raise important questions in relation the record of the Rouhani administration in terms of fulfilling press freedom promises, as well as the continued detention of journalists and social media users, journalist self-censorship in the context of uncovering abuses of human rights and the rule of law, and future opportunities for reforms.
Time for change?
Overview of online freedoms
About the Organiser
Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Furthermore, Marietje Schaake is the Vice-President of the US Delegation and serves on the Iran Delegation and the Delegation for the Arab peninsula. She was a Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is a Young Global Leader and a Member of the Global Future Council on Future of Digital Economy and Society with the WEF.
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About the Organiser
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. The organisation defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.