OSCE Publishes Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media

2019-02-13
OSCE Publishes Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media

The High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE HCNM) publishes guidelines on national minorities and the media in the digital age.

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Media and information and communication technologies are playing an ever greater role in modern society. Media and these technologies offer spaces for inclusive and pluralistic interaction and debate, which allow different groups to interact with each other, explore their identities, and voice diverse perspectives without fear. In turn, this helps to foster dialogue and mutual understanding, and to strengthen societal integration and reduces tensions. Conversely, abuse of the media and information and communication technologies can lead to the spread of misinformation and incite hatred towards various groups.

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities has therefore published the "Tallinn Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in the Digital Age" in order to foster the positive use of the media and information technologies to promote intercultural and pluralistic dialogue and debate. The Guidelines advise on how to:

  • Operationalize the right to freedom of expression in diverse societies and enable access to a wide range of media and information technologies without discrimination;
  • Avoid hostility towards national minorities by refraining from and by countering hate speech, disinformation, propaganda or inflammatory discourse, within or across borders;
  • Support and stimulate media and information technologies so that they can better cater for the linguistic, cultural and other needs and interests of national minorities; and
  • Create and sustain a favourable environment for pluralistic debate in the digital age in which members of all groups in society can participate.

The Guidelines can be downloaded on the website of the OSCE.