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OSCE Issues Discussion Paper On 'Propaganda'

  • RFE/RL

The media-freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a discussion paper on propaganda and media freedom, repeating her assertion that propaganda is "an ugly scar on the face of modern journalism."

Representative Dunja Mijatovic noted on November 25 that her office had devoted much time in recent months to addressing the root causes of propaganda, particularly in connection with the conflict between the Ukrainian central government and Russia-backed separatists.

Mijatovic said that "ignorance, hate, hostility, and other consequences of propaganda are imminent threats to journalism and free media and we need to put more resources in fighting these threats."

The paper issued on November 25 is a contribution to a discussion of these issues, she said.

Among other things, the discussion document calls for the "abolition of government-run media."