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Harriman Institute




Free Expression in the Age of Security Threats: A View from the Catbird Seat

Please join the Harriman Institute for the 2016 Harriman Lecture with Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Mijatović will review major issues affecting free media in the OSCE region including journalists’ safety, Internet freedom and propaganda as a tool for war and hatred. She will also elaborate on the upcoming challenges to free expression spawned by anti-terrorist legislation and what can be done to preserve civil liberties in the face of terrorist threats.

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5:00pm Lecture with Dunja Mijatović – Lecture Hall (Journalism)

6:30pm Reception – World Room (Journalism)

Dunja Mijatović was appointed to her current position in 2010 by the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The Council gave her a political mandate to protect and promote freedom of expression and freedom of the media in the 57 OSCE participating States.

For more than two decades she worked on human rights, media law and regulation, institution building in transition states and ways to deal with hate speech and dangerous speech in complex post-war societies. During this time she acquired extensive experience in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms through international dialogue and cooperation, media law and policy and Internet governance. She has in-depth knowledge of new technologies with the emphasis on digitalization, convergence and the Internet.

As one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1998 she helped to create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media in a complex postwar society. She was also involved in establishing a self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. In 2007 she was elected President of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies, the largest media regulators’ network in the world.

She held this post until her appointment to the OSCE. She has chaired the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis, during which its Committee of Ministers adopted a Declaration on the protection and promotion of investigative journalism and Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. Mijatović has also written extensively on “new media” topics. She has worked as a consultant on projects relating to media regulation and new technologies in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Mijatović is the recipient of many awards, including the 2015 Médaille Charlemagne, the 2015 City of Geneva PEC AWARD, and the 2010 Freedom prize from the International Peace Center in Sarajevo.