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Attacks on journalists are specifically intended to silence them, and so they also constitute violations of the right of a society to have free access to information.

Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Mexico

Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

December 17, 2018

Public consultation: Disinformation in electoral contexts

The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR/RFOE) invites all stakeholders to provide input and comments on the phenomenon of deliberate misinformation, mainly in the electoral context. States, civil society organizations, academics, and Internet companies can find the guide to the call for contributions here, to elaborate their inputs.

The contributions can be send to the following email: cidhexpresion@oas.org

This consultation is carried out within the framework of Resolution AG / RES. 2928 (XLVIII-O/18) of the General Assembly of the OAS, which in its 48th session Period of Sessions requested the Office of the Special Rapporteur to prepare "practical guidelines in the form of recommendations for guaranteeing freedom of expression and access to information from a variety of Internet sources during electoral processes without improper interference." The task will be developed in coordination with the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) and the Department of International Law (DIL).

There is a widespread concern of OAS Member States linked to the phenomenon of misinformation, understood as the massive dissemination of false information that is made (i) knowingly false and (ii) with the intention of deceiving the public or a fraction of it. Addressing such a complex and newly developing phenomenon requires a multi-stakeholder approach. For this reason, the Office of the Special Rapporteur will lead the call for a Panel of Multidisciplinary Experts to address the phenomenon and reach conclusions and recommendations.

The composition of the panel of experts will seek to reach a thematic, geographical, and involved sectors balance; the panel will be held in April 2019. The Office of the Special Rapporteur appreciates the joint work with the OAS Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) and the Department of International Law (DIL) in the fulfillment of this mandate. The process also involves multilateral organizations -such as UNESCO-, civil society organizations, electoral bodies of the region, representatives of the private sector, and academics.

Consultation and guide available in French here

Consultation and guide available in Portuguese here

 

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