Miklós Haraszti

    is a Hungarian writer, journalist, human rights advocate and university professor. He served the maximum two terms as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media from 2004 to 2010. Currently he is Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia Law School, New York. Haraszti studied philosophy and literature at Budapest University. In 1976 he co-founded the Hungarian democratic opposition movement and in 1980 became editor of the samizdat periodical Beszélő. In 1989 Haraszti participated in the Roundtable negotiations on transition to free elections. He was a member of the Hungarian Parliament from 1990 to 1994, and then moved on to lecture on democratization and media politics at numerous universites. Haraszti’s books include A Worker in a Worker’s State and The Velvet Prison, both of which have been translated into several languages.