Andrei Richter (Andrey Rikhter) is the Director of the OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, and a professor at the School of Journalism, Moscow State University, where he teaches on mass media law. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1959, he has university degrees in law, foreign languages, and a doctorate in journalism. Richter was a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Richter sits on editorial boards of a number of international journals on communications and the media. He has authored more than 200 publications on media law in Russian, English, Albanian, Armenian, Azeri, Bosnian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Serbian, Slovak, German and French, including the only standard media law textbook for journalism students of Russian colleges and universities (2002, 2009), a textbook on online media law (2014), as well as UNESCO-published textbook on international standards of media regulation (2011) and a book on censorship and freedom of the media in post-Soviet countries (in English, 2007).In 1991 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Gannett Center for Media Studies then affiliated with the Columbia University’ Graduate School of Journalism.