The OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media hosted a conference called “Internet 2013: Shaping polices to advance media freedom" in Vienna on 14-15 February 2013. (iStockphoto)
Free and well-developed media are a cornerstone of democratic societies. The OSCE monitors media developments in its participating States for violations of freedom of expression. This includes reviewing legislation regulating the media, as well as monitoring cases where journalists are prosecuted for their professional activities or are the victims of harassment. The OSCE also engages in media development through training and support for editors and journalists.