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151466
English
Yes
No

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. 

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 for the conference will open on Monday, 4 May 2015 and close Friday, 5 June 2015. Please note that only those participants who have registered will be granted entry to the conference.

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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A press photojournalist in a conflict zone.
Vienna, Austria
Representative on Freedom of the Media
15 June 2015 - 16 June 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
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
No
151076
English
Yes
No

The Principal Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Juan Barata, will participate in World Press Freedom Day 2015. For mor information about the event, please visit the conference website.

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Banner for World Press Freedom Day 2015, UNESCO.
Riga, Latvia
Representative on Freedom of the Media
3 May 2015
Yes
150751
English
Yes
No

The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will organize a sixth roundtable discussion between the representatives of the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), and the National Union of the Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU).

The objective of the roundtable is to facilitate a dialogue between the journalists of the two countries and define the support measures to enhance journalists’ professional standards and safety.

The previous roundtable discussions were held on 19 May (see also press release), on 27 June (see press release), on 26 September, on 11 December last year (please see press release), and on 25 February this year (press release available here). Information about these meetings, including memorandum that was adopted, are available on the events pages. 

Vienna, Austria
Representative on Freedom of the Media
23 April 2015
No
150886
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the 2015 Milton Wolf Seminar, which aims to examine the historical continuities and potential paradigm shifts in strategic communication surrounding foreign policy events and media’s complex and evolving role in
diplomacy. Mijatović will be one of the panelists in a session entitled Assymetries and Strategic Communication - New Mechanisms, New Players, New Strategies

The Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Andrey Rikhter,will participate as a panelist at the same conference in a session entitled Ukraine and the Superpowers: An Update in the Revival of Cold War Rhetoric. 

More information about the event is available on the seminar website

Vienna, Austria
Representative on Freedom of the Media
20 April 2015
No
150701
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace. The event will gather representatives from governments, private sector and civil society to promote practical co-operation in cyberspace, to enhance syber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

Mijatović will be a panelist in the conference's focus session on privacy. The session will address the question what different stakeholders could do to ensure that citizens can benefit from technological changes, while retaining control over their data and safeguarding a free and open internet that generates economic growth. 

More information on the event is available on the conference website

The Hague, The Netherlands
Representative on Freedom of the Media
16 April 2015 - 17 April 2015
No
148416
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will give the keynote address at the Austrian journalist days. Mijatović will speak about the current dangers to media freedom and its implications for journalism. More information about the event is available at the conference website.

Vienna, Austria
Representative on Freedom of the Media
10 April 2015
No
145956
English
Yes
No

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in a conference that will discuss the importance of strong and independent public service broadcasting and the specific challenges faced by the media in EU enlargement countries. 

More information about the event is available on the conference website

Brussels, Belgium
Representative on Freedom of the Media
1 April 2015
No