The OSCE Centre in Tashkent has launched its second Internet Cafe for Journalists today, opening new possibilities for media professionals who need access to the up-to-date global information network.
"Free and professional media are vital for the development of modern democratic societies," said Ambassador Miroslav Jenca, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Tashkent, in his opening speech.
"I hope this resource centre will not only contribute to your professional growth, but also become a place for communication and exchange of experience for the journalists of Samarkand."
The successful experience of the Internet Cafe for Journalists in Tashkent, which has been functioning since November 2003, has prepared the ground for a similar initiative in Samarkand (central Uzbekistan). A third one will officially be opened in Nukus (Republic of Karakalpakstan) soon.
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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