Media freedom and human rights issues on the Internet will be the focus of a conference organized by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Miklos Haraszti, in Amsterdam from 17 to 18 June.
The event, entitled Guaranteeing Media Freedom on the Internet, will take place in the City Hall of Amsterdam.
This year's conference will discuss the situation in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asian regions.
In addition, government and NGO experts from other regions, including Belarus and Russia, will address the conference along with other leading international experts on information and communication technologies.
A joint declaration of the OSCE Media Representative and Reporters Without Borders is envisaged.
This is the third Amsterdam Internet Conference hosted by the OSCE Media Representative.
Following the 2004 conference, the the "Media Freedom Internet Cookbook" was published.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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We are continuing to focus our efforts on the Belarusian prisoner of conscience Mikhail Marinich.
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