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Council of Europe: Strasbourg, Parliamentary Assembly about media and fake news, human rights and sharia, #NotInMyParliament

(Strasbourg) The calendar of the winter session for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE, 21-25 January), the first to be held under Finland’s presidency of the Committee of Ministers, is ready. The president of the Nordic country, Sauli Niinistö, will speak to the Assembly, while Timo Soini, Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will give a speech on behalf of the Committee of Ministers. One of the items on the agenda is information, with three focuses: public service media in terms of disinformation and propaganda, freedom of the media as a prerequisite for democratic elections and Internet governance, human rights. The Assembly will work at updating the guidelines for fair referendums; they will check if the sharia is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Discrimination in access to employment and disabled people in the professional world will be another topic. Two are the urgent debates that have been asked for: “Russia’s deliberate aggression against Ukraine” and “worsening conditions for political opponents in Turkey”. On 21st January, the PACE will launch the #NotInMyParliament campaign to eradicate sexism, harassment and abuse of women in national parliaments. “Abuse has no place in a democratic society”, the general secretary of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, stated yesterday, speaking of the death of the mayor of Dansk, Paweł Adamowicz.


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