The task of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media is to observe relevant media developments in OSCE participating States and, in close co-ordination with the Chairperson-in-Office, to advocate and promote full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments in respect of freedom of expression and free media.
In this respect, the Representative assumes an early warning function and co-operates closely with the Participating States, the Permanent Council, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the High Commissioner on National Minorities and, where appropriate, other OSCE bodies, as well as with national and international media associations.
The Representative concentrates on rapid response to serious non-compliance with OSCE principles and commitments by participating States. In case of serious problems caused, for instance, by obstruction of media activities and unfavorable working conditions for journalists, the Representative seeks direct contacts with the participating State and other parties involved, assesses the facts and contributes to the resolution of the issue.
The Representative collects and receives information on the situation of the media from all bona fide sources. Participating States and other interested parties (e.g. organizations or institutions, media and their representatives, relevant NGOs) may forward their requests, suggestions and comments related to strengthening and further developing compliance with OSCE principles and commitments, including alleged instances of intolerance by participating States (hate speech).
The mandate directs that the Representative will not communicate with and will not acknowledge communications from any person or organization which practices or publicly condones terrorism or violence.
The Representative routinely consults with the Chairman-in-Office and reports on a regular basis to the Permanent Council, recommending further action where appropriate.