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CJA Conference taking place in London
The 10th Conference of the Commonwealth Journalists Association will be taking place in London from 11th to the 13th of April. The Conference will be opened by the new Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, and will include speakers from the Commonwealth media world. Sessions will deal with social media and legal challenges, digital media, journalists’ safety, media freedom and Commonwealth good governance.
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The outcomes of the conference will be reported in our next newsletter.
Change of Commonwealth Secretary-General
Outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has listed the Commonwealth Charter and its benefits for civil society and media work among the achievements of his two-term, eight-year tenure as the organisation’s chief administrator.
Speaking to The Hindu newspaper ahead of his departure, Mr Sharma described the adoption of the Charter as a “watershed” in providing political carte blanche to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to deal with serious and persistent violations of its core values. He said that the 16-point Charter had given the media a level playing field, alongside the powers to push member states to free, fair and credible elections and ensure the separation of the powers of the executive, legis-lature and judiciary as well as allowing a space for opposition and civil society to function freely.
Kamalesh Sharma was succeeded by the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC who took up office from 1 April. One of her early public speeches will be the opening of the CJA conference in London on 11 April.