Freimut Duve is a German politician, human rights activist, writer and journalist. He served as the first OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 1998 through 2003.
He was born in 1936 in Würzburg.
Duve studied modern history, sociology, political science and English literature at the University of Hamburg.
Duve was political editor at Stern magazine from 1969 through 1970. From 1970 through 1989 he was chief editor of rororo-AKTUELL, Germany’s leading political pocketbook series, a part of Rowohlt publishing house. While there, the house published the political works of Vaclav Havel and Mario Soare's manifesto against the dictatorship in Portugal. It also published yearbooks on human rights in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1980’s.
He was a member of the Bundestag with the Social Democratic Party from 1980 to 1998 representing Hamburg.
Duve won the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thinking in 1997.
His publications include "Kap ohne Hoffnung" (1965), "Die Restauration entlässt ihre Kinder" (1968), "Der Rassenkrieg findet nicht statt" (1970), "Aufbrüche - Die Chronik der Republik 1961-1986" (1986), "VomKrieg in der Seele" (1994), “Freedom and Responsibility“ 4 editions of the Yearbook” (1998/1999 - 1999/2000 - 2000/2001 – 2001-2002), “The Caucasus – Defence of the Future“ ( 2001), and “We are Defending our Future“ mobile.culture.container.(2001-2003).