Standing up for freedom of the press

OSK supports Reporters Without Borders

Cologne, December 2014 // Oliver Schrott Kommu­nika­tion is supporting Reporters Without Borders in its quest to defend freedom of infor­ma­tion and press liberty. At the end of last year the agency symbol­i­cally enrolled its 170 employees world­wide as members of the organ­i­sa­tion ...

Cologne, December 2014 // Oliver Schrott Kommu­nika­tion is supporting Reporters Without Borders in its quest to defend freedom of infor­ma­tion and press liberty. At the end of last year the agency symbol­i­cally enrolled its 170 employees world­wide as members of the organ­i­sa­tion and paid an annual subscrip­tion of 66 euros for each of them.

Oliver Schrott explains, "The freedom of the press is under threat to a growing extent world­wide. In 2014 some 119 jour­nal­ists were kidnapped and 66 were killed. Another 178 are serving prison sentences for doing their job. These are disturbing figures. Reporters Without Borders was founded as an NGO in France in 1985, and a German section was estab­lished in 1994. It campaigns to enhance jour­nal­ists' safety and protec­tion, and combats censor­ship and restric­tive media laws. We want to play an active part in supporting these missions."

Alongside its commit­ment to Reporters Without Borders, OSK is main­taining its long-standing role as a patron of the SOS Chil­dren's Village of Gabú in Guinea-Bissau. Oliver Schrott Kommu­nika­tion has been supporting its work since 2007. A focal point of the spon­sor­ship is funding for the primary school there, which is educating not only the SOS chil­dren, but also around 250 pupils from the wider region. In 2015 the agency is once again paying one-half of the personnel expenses for the teaching staff and the school fees of 50 chil­dren from Gabú and the surrounding area.

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