Representative on Freedom of the Media

Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, speaks at the Permanent Council in Vienna, 27 November 2008. (OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev)

Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, speaks at the Permanent Council in Vienna, 27 November 2008. (OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev)

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 development 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

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

The office has also 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.