Miklós Haraszti

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Miklós Haraszti
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
In office
10 March 2004 – 10 March 2010
Preceded byFreimut Duve
Succeeded byDunja Mijatovic
Personal details
Born (1945-01-02) 2 January 1945 (age 78)
Political partySZDSZ
SpouseAntónia Szenthe
Occupationwriter, journalist, human rights advocate, university professor

Miklós Haraszti (born 2 January 1945, Jerusalem) is a Hungarian politician, writer, journalist, human rights advocate and university professor. He served the maximum of two terms as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 2004 to 2010.[1] Currently he is Adjunct Professor at the School of International & Public Affairs of Columbia Law School, New York[2] and visiting professor at the Central European University (CEU), Department of Public Policy.[3]


Haraszti studied philosophy and literature at Budapest University. During the late 1960s he belonged to an underground left-wing student organization that opposed the ruling Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party and was in contact with the Chinese embassy in Budapest.[4] In 1976 he co-founded the Hungarian Democratic Opposition Movement and in 1980 he became editor of the samizdat periodical Beszélő.

In 1989, Haraszti participated in the "roundtable" negotiations on transition to free elections. A member of the Hungarian Parliament from 1990 to 1994, he then moved on to lecture on democratization and media politics at numerous universities.

Haraszti's books include A Worker in a Worker's State and The Velvet Prison, both of which have been translated into several languages.

In 2012, Haraszti was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married. His wife is Antónia Szenthe. They have two daughters.[6]

Selected publications[edit]



  • A Worker in a Worker's State; Piece-Rates in Hungary. Penguin Books, 1977. ISBN 978-0140219883
  • The Velvet Prison; Artists Under State Socialism. Basic Books, 1987. ISBN 978-0465098002


  1. ^ "Monitoring crucial for press freedom, says OSCE media freedom representative in final report".
  2. ^ "Columbia Law School : Adjunct Faculty : Miklos Haraszti". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  3. ^ "Haraszti Named U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Belarus | Central European University". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  4. ^ Smith, Andrew (2019). Which East Is Red? (PDF) (1st ed.). Foreign Languages Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-2-491182-00-7.
  5. ^ "Ohchr |".
  6. ^ [Biography - Source: Ki kicsoda 2004. Hermann Péter szerk., Budapest, 2003.]