Europe has a free press enforcer again

THE ORGANISATION for Security and Co-operation in Europe has a new Representative on Freedom of the Media: Harlem Désir. He leads the Organisation's work monitoring and attempting to enforce unfettered freedom of expression in the 57 countries that are members.

Harlem is thus one of the few supra-national authorities whose responsibility is to defend press freedom. His role is likely to become more important as the UK decouples from the EU and its enforcement of rights.

On the occasion of his visit to London in December to meet press freedom activists, regulators and government representatives, Harlem was interviewed by NUJ President and Freelance columnist Tim Dawson. You can read Tim's report and see a video of his interview at