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OSCE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS FOR MEDIA FREEDOM

A decade since the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe created the post of Representative on Freedom of the Media, the OSCE has come out with "Ten Years for Media Freedom - An OSCE Anniversary".

The 176-page report features a wide range of contributors, including IFEX members Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN, the Glasnost Defense Foundation and the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations. They outline the challenges that journalists and free thinkers face across the whole OSCE region, whether they are threats, physical attacks or even murder, Internet censorship and surveillance, or criminal proceedings for defamation and insult.

"Instead of dwelling on the past, the authors have addressed present and future challenges to media freedom and free expression. This forward-looking focus is an appropriate one to commemorate our first decade of work," says current OSCE Freedom of the Media Rep Miklos Haraszti.

The publication is also filled with drawings by world-renowned editorial cartoonists Plantu and Chappatte. Fitting, considering the 2006 Danish cartoon controversy and the international tension it created get special attention in the issue.

The report gathers the main findings of a roundtable, "Present and future challenges to media freedom and free expression in the OSCE region", which was held in Vienna on 29 February 2008.

"Ten Years for Media Freedom" can be downloaded here (English only): http://www.osce.org/fom/item_11_32993.html

A Russian version is promised by the end of 2008.

(17 September 2008)

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