Human Rights & Fake News TO WHAT EXTENT IS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SUPPOSED TO BE ALLOWED MERELY BASED ON SIMPLISTIC AND SHALLOW INTERPRETATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS?

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By Eduarda Sahlit *

Photo credit: April Brady/Project on Middle East Democracy 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

 

The issue on human rights and the responsibility of the media are very serious matters, and it is about time the whole world was called upon to reflect about each person’s accountability on their neighbor’s human rights too.

The role of the media affects peoples’ lives all over the globe. As I write, Brazilians are being influenced by the news, one way or the other, concerning what is considered to be the most heated elections ever in Brazil’s history.

Likewise, the same power given to the media only based on the obligation of guaranteeing human rights to all, with no caution whatsoever, affects distant realities with the same disastrous outcomes experienced here.

The most recent episode concerns the uncertainty surrounding the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared Tuesday afternoon (October 2) in Istanbul, Turkey, during a visit to his country’s consulate.

Even though nothing has been officially confirmed yet, the news published in papers and websites have escalated from denunciation, questioning, misinformation and falsification of facts, to obituary and murder.

Again, what is important to highlight is that this is not a matter of who is right or wrong, but an alert about the responsibility of the media and to what extent so many things happen not because of the extremes seen in the picture. The decisions along the way must be taken into account, and the responsibility, shared.

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Below, the latest recommendations published by the International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations on the Khashoggi case:

“The International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations considers that the response of the Turkish and Saudi authorities to a joint commission of inquiry is positive and a step towards establishing the truth about the fate of journalist Khashoggi.

The Monitor observes with great concern what is being circulated in the media, which aims to mislead the official investigation and public opinion. The Observatory believes that what is published is political, not to reveal the truth. Moreover, the information that is circulating from fictional stories lacks credibility, Published by international media organizations and famous fell in the solution of misinformation media intentionally or unintentionally.

The International Observatory to the Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations calls on the Arab and international media to be careful and cautious in handling and publishing news on the issue of journalist Khashoggi, especially in respect of “human minds” in some stories that are published with no credibility. Revealing the truth and not in its falsification and misleading, and is required to be the Commission of Inquiry is the main source of information and not the sites of communication and political parties that seek to settle accounts with the Saudi and Turkish parties at the expense of the case of journalist Khashoggi.

The Observatory also calls on the Turkish and Saudi governments to seek to expose the truth to public opinion in order to stop the misinformation practiced by others. The Turkish government demands a serious stance on false information being disseminated by Arab media stations and journalists traveling from within Turkish territory.

The Observatory confirms the follow-up to the case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and supports efforts to uncover the truth and not the truth, and condemns the attempt to politicize the issue to target and blackmail the countries concerned, the most important of which is “Saudi Arabia and Turkey” and calls on neutral human rights organizations to scrutinize information on this issue before building offensive positions which may not In the interest of the human values that we seek to consolidate and achieve.

The Observatory has recently received a number of correspondence with false information implicitly aimed at enticing institutions and human rights organizations to build angry and unprofessional attitudes about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which should be shown by investigations rather than media misinformation. The Observatory refuses to charge any party without providing evidence and the evidence must be put before public opinion.

International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations
Argentina – Buenos Aires
16/10/2018″

 

 

Journalist Eduarda Sahlit is Editor at website Brasilia in English (www.brasiliainenglish.com.br), which promotes the Brazilian capital in simple, informative, and clear English.

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