Following the Paris Peace Forum, 12 countries have begun a political process to provide democratic guarantees for news, information and freedom of opinion based on a new Declaration on Information and Democracy issued by the Commission on Information and Democracy — an initiative of Reporters Without Borders chaired by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire.
Six heads of state met in the Paris Peace Forum press room on November 11 to launch the initiative. French President Emmanuel Macron, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Tunisian President Beji Caïd Essebsi, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg all spoke.
“A global communication and information space built on the freedom of expression is essential (…) Without freedom of expression and a real communication and information space, rule of law is at risk. Carefully built institutions could be undermined.” Solberg said.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has also voiced his support.