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2018-11-08

Central Asian journalists, analysts discuss media freedom in Astana

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ASTANA -- Media representatives and analysts of all five Central Asian states participated in the 20th Central Asia Media Conference in Astana November 7-8, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported Thursday (November 8).

The two-day conference was organised by OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir.

"High interest in the event among media professionals and media rights advocates shows that this platform for exchange of opinions remains vital for the media community as much now as it was 20 years ago when we just started," said Désir.

Journalists and representatives of media, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, as well as international specialists and government officials, discussed issues related to media freedom and to the quality of information in the age of digital transformation.

Participants also talked about "fake news", the spread of disinformation and the role of media in the development of the countries of the region.

Analysts and journalists participated in side events to discuss user-generated content, fact-checking tools, online freedom of expression and hate speech.

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