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Dato’ Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation
Dato’ Sudha Devi K.R. Vasudevan is the first Malaysian and the first representative of the Asia region to hold the position of Chair since the Foundation’s establishment in 1966.
Upcoming Commonwealth Foundation Events
When2:00 pm, 26 Jan 2021 to 3:30 pm, 26 Jan 2021 GMT
The People’s Voice: Protecting Media Freedom Throughout the CommonwealthPeople of the Commonwealth: Critical Coversations
The decline of media freedom in the Commonwealth has been identified by Commonwealth Member States, institutions and civil society as an issue of growing concern. Threats to media freedom are contributing to an erosion of democratic culture and diminished government accountability at a time when such accountability has never been more important—or more urgent.
All Commonwealth Member States have publicly committed themselves to upholding ‘peaceful, open dialogue and the free flow of information, including through a free and responsible media’. But across the Commonwealth, assaults on media freedom are becoming more commonplace and more severe.
While there are many events looking at these issues, this event will focus on issues unique to the Commonwealth’s position: asking what can be done by and with Commonwealth institutions, what can civil society do to work against the multiple forces that are seeking to close down the free flow of accurate and truthful information and the role the Commonwealth needs to play if it is to remain true to its own principles.
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