Safety of Journalist after “Charlie Hebdo”. OSCE panel in Belgrade
Next March 26th and 27th. Ossigeno per l’Informazione director invited as speaker with other experts
The Serbia‘s OSCE Chairmanship, with the support of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, is organising on 26 and 27 March 2015 in Belgrade a conference on the Protection of safety and integrity of journalists in he OSCE region. The first day, at the Parallel session 1 “Safety of journalists after Charlie Hebdo: challenges of violent attacks on the media”, between other speaker, will be the director of Ossigeno per l’Informazione, Alberto Spampinato.
Criminal attack against journalists and other media workers at Charlie Hebdo represented the worst single attack against journalists in the OSCE region since the establishment of the institution of the Representative on Freedom of the Media. Only few weeks later, another similar attack has taken place in Copenhagen. No matter how terrible and unprecedented these attacks were, they are only the most recent examples of a problem which we have been fighting for decades. Pressure, harassment and violence and murder aimed at preventing opinions and ideas from being expressed take place at a global level and within all the OSCE area. Sometimes they come from the public authorities, but others originate with terrorists and other criminals. This sort of criminal action is not only aimed at silencing or punishing those directly attacked, but journalists in general by creating an overall climate of intimidation and insecurity. The session will explore the impact that criminal actions aimed at journalists may have on their freedom and the performance of their activities.