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OSCE Calls on Belarus to Honor Media Commitments

Vienna -- OSCE flags outside headquarters
Vienna -- OSCE flags outside headquarters
In a letter to Belarus's Foreign Minister this week, Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media, expressed concern about reports of pressure against independent media in Belarus. Mijatovic noted the 'chilling' effect that intimidation has had on an journalism in Belarus, criticized a criminal defamation case recently launched against an independent website and expressed disappointment that Internet legislation was adopted without public consultation. She made reference to previous discussions she had with Belarusian authorities about media freedom, and called on them to honor the country's OSCE commitments to protect the media. Click here for the full release.