I heartily welcome the participants and guests of this conference, who have gathered in Vienna to discuss the topical issues of international journalism.
International relations today have wound up in a turbulence zone. They are characterised by a significant rise in instability and unpredictability. Under these conditions, it is especially important to observe professional ethics standards in the international information field. Attempts to unleash information wars and play without rules only further destabilise the situation, and deepen threats to security and equal cooperation between states and peoples based on mutual respect. There is demand for truly independent, competent and daring journalism, oriented not towards egotistical interests, but towards the need to serve truth and justice.