Miklós Haraszti

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Miklós Haraszti
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OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
In office
10 March 2004 – 10 March 2010
Preceded by Freimut Duve
Succeeded by Dunja Mijatovic
Personal details
Born (1945-01-02) 2 January 1945 (age 72)
Spouse(s) Antónia Szenthe
Occupation writer, journalist, human rights advocate, university professor

Miklós Haraszti (born 2 January 1945, Jerusalem) is a Hungarian 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. 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 1990–1994, 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.[4]

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