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English
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Conditions for members of the media have deteriorated sharply the past decades, journalists are increasingly being singled out and attacked for what they write and say. Especially worrisome is the situation for journalists reporting from conflict zones around the world - they face grave threats to their own lives on a daily basis. 

Unfortunately, journalists and media experts in the OSCE region have gained experience from a number of armed conflicts. While each presents unique challenges for the media and the countries affected, it is important that the lessons learned and positive practices be shared as a means to help preserve media freedom.

The purpose of this conference is to examine and review the current situation relating to the safety of journalists reporting from conflicts, to share problems and best practices, and to inititate the formulation of recommendations ot the governments on ways to improve journalists' safety in conflict zones in the OSCE area.

This conference in part builds on the work and experiences stemming from the roundtable discussions that the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has organized between representatives of media organizations from the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Speakers at the conference will be anounced at a later date. 

The Conference will mainly focus on the following areas:

  • Best practices and the development of practical tools on issues of conflict and war reporting;
  • ​Journalists' safety and journalism ethics;
  • Measures to deal with propaganda for war and hatred, and the information war;
  • Media regulation;
  • ​Confidence building measures among journalists from different parties to conflicts​

Working languages of the Conference will be English and Russian. This event is open to members of civil society. 

Registration: Registration has officially opened. Please register by downloading the registration form below, filling it in completely and sending it to FOMConf2015@osce.org.

Should you require a visa, please also send a copy of your passport with your registration form.

Participants who have successfully registered will receive a confirmation email along with a logistics packet containing travel and accommodation information in the days following submission of the registration form. 

Please note, the registration period for the conference will end Friday, 5 June 2015Only those participants who have registered will be granted entry to the event!

Side events: OSCE participating States’ delegations and media NGOs are encouraged to organize side events on issues  of and related to media freedom and pluralism in times of conflict. The deadline for the submission of side event applications is Friday, 22 May 2015. Organizers of side events must fill out the attached checklist and send it to FOMConf2015@osce.org by this deadline. The final schedule of side events will be posted to the conference webpage by Wednesday, 27 May 2015.

Get updates on the conference via Twitter using the hashtag #journosafeOSCE, the conference will also feature live updates and information using the same hashtag. The conference will also be webcast live. 

Contacts: For questions about the conference please send an email to FOMConf2015@osce.org. Alternatively, please call Nicolas Ebnöther for questions on substantive matters (+43 1 514 36 6806), or Jennifer Adams (+43 1 514 36 6813) for questions on logistical matters. 

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Vienna, Austria
Representative on Freedom of the Media
15 June 2015 - 16 June 2015
Yes
159816
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in a panel discussion on journalists' safety, hosted by the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, and the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs. 

The panel discussion "Protection of journalists and media freedom - key to sustainable future", will be webcast live at www.webtv.un.org at 1 pm EST (7 pm CET). 

More information on the event is available here.   

New York, USA
Representative on Freedom of the Media
27 May 2015
No
147346
English
Yes
No

This OSCE Security Days event will provide a forum for exploring the root causes of extremism and radicalisation, as well as possible measures and actions to counter extremism and radicalization that lead to violence.  During the thematic sessions, participants will look at how different levers and tools – including media, education, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and empowerment of women and youth – can effectively contribute to reducing tensions and turn vulnerable individuals away from radicalisation.

It is also intended as a launching pad for further collaboration between the OSCE and other international and regional organizations in preventing violent extremism and radicalization by promoting tolerance, non-discrimination and respect for diversity. Participants will include prominent representatives of government, civil society, religious institutions, the media and academia, including women and youth leaders, from OSCE participating States and Partner countries. This event is expected to send a powerful unifying message of condemnation of terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and regardless of their origins.

This Security Days event is organized by the OSCE Secretariat in co-operation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

OSCE Security Days 2015: Night Owl Session

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Video of the Night Owl session devoted to the role of media in promoting dialogue and preventing radicalization

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Dialogue is the primary tool for solving security challenges in the OSCE region.
Vienna
Secretary General
21 May 2015 - 22 May 2015
Yes
151086
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović will participate in the 1st Eastern Partnership Media Conference. The event will look at the current challenges in the field of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, and consider appropriate responses to them. It will also provide recommendations regarding consistent and coordinated support from the EU to freedom of expression in the EaP countries. 

Riga, Latvia
Representative on Freedom of the Media
20 May 2015
No
157291
English
Yes
No

Staff from the Office of the OSCE Representative will participate in a meeting of the working group on media self-regulation in Montenegro. 

Podgorica, Montenegro
Representative on Freedom of the Media
19 May 2015
No
156346
English
Yes
No

Staff from the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will participate in a conference on Internet freedom and security, and the development of the Internet in the countries in Central Asia.

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Representative on Freedom of the Media
14 May 2015 - 15 May 2015
No
156286
English
Yes
No

Staff from the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will participate in the 41st EPRA meeting. More information about the event is available on the conference website

Bern, Switzerland
Representative on Freedom of the Media
13 May 2015 - 15 May 2015
No
155746
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović will participate in a high-level conference on freedom of expression and various aspects of it, in particular freedom of the media. 

During her visit to Tirana, the Representative will also meet with senior official representatives of the Albanian government, as well as with representatives from civil society. 

Tirana, Albania
Representative on Freedom of the Media
11 May 2015 - 12 May 2015
No
153396
English
Yes
No

Ingrid Conradi Andersen, Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, will participate in a discussion on propaganda and media freedom in light of the conflict in and around Ukraine. More informaiton on the event is available in the conference website.

Oslo, Norway
Representative on Freedom of the Media
7 May 2015
No
151841
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the fifth conference of the Freedom Online Coalition. This year's conference will explore topics under the umbrella theme Internet Policy Making - Best Practices for Promoting Online Freedom

More information about the event is available on the conference website.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Representative on Freedom of the Media
4 May 2015 - 5 May 2015
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