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    Divisions in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe which have emerged due to political polarization have deepened and hamper the decision-making process, including appointments on key positions, outgoing OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Zannier reminded that the position of the Representative on Freedom of the Media was currently vacant in the organization, with negotiations on filling it underway.

    "Unfortunately, we are in a phase, when divisions in the Organization in a result of the political polarization have deepened and even appointments of key heads of the OSCE institutions have become more difficult," the official said.

    Former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic left the office in March.

    In February, the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ, EFJ) sent a letter to the OSCE with the request to appoint "without delay" its new freedom of media representative citing the high value and importance of this position.

    The activities of the OSCE representative on freedom and the media include observing media developments in member states, promotion freedom of speech and expression, ensuring safety of journalists, holding regional media conferences among other duties.

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