Information and democracy
The International Initiative on Information & Democracy powered by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) aims at bringing guarantees for the freedom of opinion and expression in the global space of information and communication. This project is set to implement Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in the digital era.
One year of international mobilization
Three historical steps have already been achieved:
Creation of the Commission on Information & Democracy
In November 2018, RSF gathered an International Commission on Information & Democracy composed of 25 figures from 18 different countries and various background (Nobel laureates, experts in new technologies, journalists, former international organizations directors, etc.)
The International Declaration on Information & Democracy
This Commission ^published the International Declaration on Information & Democracy on November 5th, 2018. It outlines the fundamental principles governing the global space of information and communication.
The commitment from Heads of States and Governments
During the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum (November 2018), twelve Heads of States and Governments committed to launch a political process based on the Declaration on Information & Democracy. This initial commitment will result in an international Partnership on Information & Democracy.
Towards the creation of a new entity to implement these principles:
- Created and governed by civil society to ensure total independence towards governments and private companies. ;
- Tasked with a clear mandate based on the International Declaration on Information & Democracy. ;
- Endowed with necessary means to evaluate the norms and architectures of the information and communication space, formulate recommendations to all the stakeholders, facilitate the implementation of concrete solutions and sustain the independence, pluralism and reliability of information.
The International Forum on Information & Democracy
According to the Declaration, a new organization will be created to gather the different stakeholder around a same objective: implement the fundamental principles of the global space of information and communication in order to guarantee freedom of opinion and expression and to strengthen democracies.
This Forum is:
With the support from Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general:
“I commend your initiative to establish a Commission on Information and Democracy. It comes at a crucial time when new means of communicating and disseminating information are transforming our world. Access to relevant and reliable information is therefore even more fundamental than ever. Yet, more and more, it is under threat (...) Now more than ever, we must reaffirm the importance of rigorous public debate that is informed, pluralistic and respectful. I thank you for helping to lead the way.”