Representative on Freedom of the Media

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović (l), in a meeting with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov, Astana, 1 November 2012. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan)

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović (l), in a meeting with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov, Astana, 1 November 2012. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan)

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media works to assist governments in the furthering of free, independent, and pluralistic media.

Role

The role of the Representative is to observe relevant media developments in all participating states in order to advocate and promote full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding freedom of expression and free media.

Limitations

The Representative on Freedom of the Media will not communicate with and will not acknowledge communications from any individual or organization carrying out or publicly condoning acts of terrorism or violence.

Authority

The Representative is authorized to observe media development in all participating states and advocate and promote full compliance with relevant OSCE principles and commitments.

Actions
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha (second from left) and his advisers meet for talks with, from right, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Senior Adviser Ženet Mujić, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, and Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania Ambassador Eugen Wollfarth, Tirana, 7 June 2012.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha (second from left) and his advisers meet for talks with, from right, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Senior Adviser Ženet Mujić, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, and Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania Ambassador Eugen Wollfarth, Tirana, 7 June 2012. (OSCE)

The office frequently conducts seminars to inform journalists, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations about international standards for protecting free media.

The office is been a watchdog, reporting on systematic violations of media freedom in participating states; and identifying and publicizing attacks on journalists, including “disappearances” and killings in an apparent effort to silence outspoken journalists.

The Representative addresses threats throughout the OSCE area.  For example, during December 2012 Mijatovic expressed concern over threats to a newspaper in northern Italy and attacks on journalists in Turkey, as well as welcoming the release of imprisoned journalists and a blogger in Azerbaijan.  During 2013, she expressed concern over British government actions that she described as a form of unacceptable prior restraint of the media, and said she was appalled by U.S. government attempts to force a journalist to reveal sources in a criminal trial.She has also been active on freedom of expression and media freedom online.