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OSCE'S MEDIA WORK UNDER SCRUTINY

Three years after NATO's intervention in Kosovo, how successful has the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) been in rebuilding the media? And how effective have media been in reducing ethnic tensions and restoring public confidence?

These and other questions will be examined during the next three years as part of a major study funded by the Australian government, reports the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Headed by Professor John Tulloch, head of the School of Communications at Australia's Charles Sturt University, the project will assess the effectiveness of the OSCE's media building activities in Kosovo.

The OSCE is mandated by the United Nations to take the lead role in matters relating to institution and democracy building and human rights in the country, including media affairs.

Tulloch says the media have a vital role to play in healing wounds and restoring confidence, stressing that media and popular culture are "key areas for resolving the bitterness left behind in any conflict."

Tulloch will launch the project in January 2003 and recruit staff in Kosovo.

Visit these links:

- OSCE Mission in Kosovo: www.osce.org/kosovo/media/">http://www.osce.org/kosovo/media/">www.osce.org/kosovo/media/

- IPI Report on Kosovo: www.freemedia.at">http://www.freemedia.at/wpfr/kosovo.htm">www.freemedia.at

- South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO): www.freemedia.at/seemo">http://www.freemedia.at/seemo/index.htm">www.freemedia.at/seemo

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