President Iohannis: Democratic values, civic space, freedom of media under pressure on European continent

President Iohannis: Democratic values, civic space, freedom of media under pressure on European continent

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President Klaus Iohannis, attending the Summit of heads of State and government of the Council of Europe member states, said that democratic values are under pressure on the European continent, which is why it is more important than ever to invest in resilient democracies capable of protecting fundamental rights. Cereport reports citing Agerpres

The remarks were made at the start of the roundtable on "Safeguarding democracy in testing times - risks, resilience and recommitment", held at the summit in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The president pointed out that in recent years, Europe has faced a number of challenges, starting with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has generated "unavoidable restrictions", but also a "huge wave" of misinformation, which has allowed the resurgence of "exacerbated nationalism". Klaus Iohannis mentioned that hate speech, misinformation, manipulation, violence against journalists and malign influences are just a few examples of the effects of these crises across Europe.

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