The right to a fair trial affected by biased media coverage

The right to a fair trial affected by biased and harassing media coverage of court cases – Soteria International presentation at the OSCE annual event

On 2nd October 2013, during the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting organized by OSCE in Warsaw, Soteria International presented its observation of how the right to a fair trial is influenced by the unfair, biased and corruptive media coverage of court cases. Making the parallel with the criteria for free and fair elections established by OSCE election observation missions, it was proposed that similar method is considered in trial monitoring programs.

The text of the background document submitted by Soteria International can be consulted here:

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