RESOLUTION ON FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA

    1. Emphasizing that it is essential to promote freedom of thought and expression, and attaching great importance to freedom of the media, freedom to demonstrate, participation in democratic elections and the principles of justice,
    2. Recalling that freedom of the media is a prerequisite for democracy and a basic condition for the progress of society and the development of each individual person,
    3. Bearing in mind article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers",
    4. Bearing in mind article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority (...)",
    5. Bearing in mind article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which provides that the freedom and pluralism of the media must be respected,
    6. Bearing in mind the calls by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media to ensure freedom of expression and freedom of the media,
    7. Denouncing the inadmissible situation in which numerous journalists are victims of violence, threats and imprisonment for no other reason than that they are exercising their profession,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Reaffirms the crucial importance of freedom of speech, press and information in every society, because these freedoms are an indispensable tool for guaranteeing the effectiveness and credibility of democracy in the OSCE participating States;
    2. Reaffirms its demand for the right freely to establish independent media, for guarantees that media professionals can exercise that right without fearing for their jobs or their lives, and for measures to facilitate their activities;
    3. Urges the authorities in all OSCE participating States to make firm commitments to prevent the erosion of those freedoms and the climate of impunity that in some cases has led to journalists being threatened or abducted;
    4. Condemns explicitly the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of journalists, editors and publishers in OSCE participating States;
    5. Calls upon the OSCE to take the necessary steps with the authorities of participating States in which the above-mentioned practices have been observed in order to release without delay all journalists who have been imprisoned for having exercised their profession.