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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 25 to 29 January 2010

Miklos Haraszti: Violence against journalists undermines the democratic foundations of a state

Addressing the Assembly on 27 January, during a debate on respect for media freedom, based on a report by Andrew McIntosh (United Kingdom, SOC), Miklos Haraszti, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the media, stated that violence and impunity for violence remain the biggest threats for independent journalism in the OSCE and the Council of Europe areas.

Killings of and attacks against media workers, which in still too many cases are not investigated and adjudicated, all add up to the climate of fear which seriously “chills” independent journalism.

Legal obstacles to free journalism, including restrictive criminal and civil defamation laws, laws criminalizing historical debate, defamation of states and religion are also a great challenge, according to Haraszti.