Press release - DC016(2011)

Jagland names Council of Europe Special Envoy to Turkey

Strasbourg, 30.05.2011 - During a press briefing, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed journalists that he has appointed Gérard Stoudmann as his Special Envoy to assess the situation of media freedom in Turkey, following an invitation made by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in April.

“Turkey is a founding member of the Council of Europe and has played an important role in this Organisation for over sixty years. This mission has to be seen in the context of regular co-operation between the Council of Europe and its member states. My Special Envoy will visit Turkey after the general elections have taken place and will have broad contacts with all stakeholders, including civil society. He will report to me and the report will be published by the autumn and will focus on precise recommendations related to implementation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees freedom of expression” said Jagland.

Gérard Stoudmann was, among other posts in multilateral diplomacy, Director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) between 1997 and 2003 and UN High Representative for Elections in Ivory Coast in 2006-2007. He is currently a close adviser to the Secretary General.

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