OSCE Office in Tajikistan supports World Press Freedom Day conference

04 May 2017

Trends and new challenges for media were the focus of a conference to mark World Press Freedom Day organized by the Tajik Media Council and different media associations, with the support of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan and international media donors on 3 May 2017 in Dushanbe.

Some 80 journalists, government officials, civil society activists and diplomatic representatives discussed the freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Tajikistan.

Participants of the conference analysed and discussed major media issues such as challenges to free speech, legal issues, problems with printing among independent media outlets, the work of news websites and social media, among other topics.

"Freedom of the media is a key OSCE commitment. It is essential for the democratic development of a country and it contributes to a political and economic climate that is stable and secure" said Scott Kearin, Head of the OSCE Office’s Human Dimension Department in Tajikistan.

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