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OSCE Representative Dunja Mijatović Awarded Concordia Prize for Press Freedom

Published: May 2, 2016; 12:00 · (FriedlNews)

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović was awarded the Concordia Press Club Prize 2015 in the category of press freedom and freedom of information. The Concordia Press Club decided to award Mijatović the prize given her personal dedication to press freedom issues in 2015.

OSCE Representative Dunja Mijatović awarded Concordia Prize for press freedom / Picture: © Wikipedia / Gunnar Vrang

“Above all she is awarded for her tireless, personal, often exhausting quest to defend basic democratic rights of press freedom and independent reporting ,” the jury writes in their decision.

“This award is very dear to me and I am proud and very much honored to be awarded this prestigious press freedom prize,” Mijatović said.

“It also serves as a testament  of the work my Office has been carrying out on press freedom issues in 2015 and the years prior to that.”

The Concordia Prize is awarded every year by the Austrian Presseclub Concordia to an individual or organization for outstanding journalistic achievements in human rights, democracy, focusing on freedom of the press and freedom of information.

The awards ceremony took place at Palace Epstein in Vienna, with Doris Bures, President of the National Council of Austria, giving the opening remarks.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes  full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments.