Human Rights issues play a part in future Eurovision membership

According to the DN, the Swedish “Daily News”, a group of European broadcast associations is pressing the EBU to issue new stronger ethical standards that require Eurovision member nations to adhere to a strong code of human rights and press freedoms. The associations come from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and are joined by groups in the United Kingdom and broadcasters in Germany and Austria.

European Broadcast Union

European Broadcast Union

The initial targets of these rules seem to be Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, though Belarus’ atrocious human rights record would seem to be worthy of scrutiny as well. Recent harrassment of gay groups in Russia would also seem to be a natural subject of inquiry.

Here is the Dagens Nyheter source for the story:

“Eurovision song contest 2012
Diktaturerna ska ut ur Schlager-EM

Publicerad 2012-05-30 09:07

Diktaturer och länder med brister i demokratin kan tvingas ut från Eurovisionsschlagern. Norden och Storbritannien har pressat fram nya etiska regler för tv-gemenskapen EBU.

Detaljerna i de nya etiska reglerna finns i ett dokument som tagits fram vid ett möte under ledning av Norsk Rikskringkastings VD, Hans-Tore Bjerkaas i Oslo. Cheferna för public service-bolagen i Sverige, Danmark och Finland var med.

Förutom de nordiska länderna pressar även brittiska BBC och en rad tyska och Österrikiska radio- och tv-stationer på för att det ska bli hårdare krav på de länder som vill vara med i EBU. De kräver också att EBU får rätt att utesluta befintliga medlemmar eller att vidta andra sanktioner som till exempel att inte få delta i Eurovisionsschlagerfinalen om de bryter mot de etiska kraven.”

Here is my best English translation:

DICTATORSHIPS OUT OF ESC
“Dictatorships and countries with lack of democracy could be forced out of Eurovision. The Nordic countries and Great Britain have pressed for new ethical standards for the EBU tv association.

Details of the new rules of ethics are in a document taken from a meeting led by the Vice Director of the Norwegian government broadcaster and joined by public service companies in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Beside the Nordic countries, even the British BBC and a number of German and Austrian radio and tv stations press for the adoption of tougher requirements of the countries that want to belong to the EBU. They also would require that EBU has the right to exclude offending member countries or take on other sanctions such as not allowing them to take part in Eurovision finals if they break ethical standards.”

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