The Charlie Hebdo Effect in the Balkans

The Charlie Hebdo Effect in the Balkans The attacks against the French journalists stirred vivid emotions and considerable reactions, without, however, increasing the Islamophobia in the region. The debates failed to critically tackle the role and limits of the freedom of expression in relation to the freedom of religion. Apparently, the freedom of expression has fewer and fewer supporters even  among the media professionals. These are the main conclusions of the report The Charlie Hebdo Effect in the Balkans. The study is based on national reports prepared by media experts in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The report is available here. The report – the first in a series of six dedicated to freedom of expression in the region –  is part of the program South East European...
Jul 08, 2015Read More

BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2015

BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2015 The application process for the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2015 is open now. This year’s BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting will take place at the hotel Adriatic in Durres, Albania from August 23 until August 29, 2015. Top-notch trainers The Summer School will bring together a superb line-up of journalists and trainers. The lead trainer will be Blake Morrison, investigative projects editor at Reuters in New York and lecturer at Columbia University, New York. Others trainers will include Mar Cabra, the head of the Data & Research Unit for ICIJ, Miranda Partucic, winner of many awards among which European Press Prize 2015, Joachim Dyfvermark investigative TV and documentary filmmaker. Please find full agenda at:...
Jul 07, 2015Read More

OSCE Representative warns about impact on free flow of information online following decision in France to expand delisting requests

OSCE Representative warns about impact on free flow of information online following decision in France to expand delisting requests VIENNA, 7 July 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today warned about the possible implications for freedom of information  and freedom of the media on the Internet, following a decision by the French data protection authority (CNIL) to order the search engine Google to apply delisting requests on all its domain names. CNIL’s move follows last year’s ruling by the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on 13 May 2014, which said that search engines, based on individual claims, have an obligation to delete links to websites which publish “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data (commonly referred to as the “right to be forgotten”). On 8 June this year, CNIL ordered Google to delist several results within 15 days,...
Jul 07, 2015Read More

The FoX Grant – deadline 15 September

The FoX Grant - deadline 15 September Freedom of expression, though guaranteed in all European constitutions, is under pressure in a lot of countries. The concentration of media ownership, the increasing surveillance of communication and other factors impede the free flow of information among European citizens. Journalists all over Europe have experienced forms of obstruction while doing their jobs, seeing their rights to obtain and publish information violated. These forms of obstruction range from threats of violence or imprisonment, over surveillance, to denial of access to information. Newsrooms have been raided, material confiscated, and journalists have been subject to smearing campaigns and other attacks on their professional credibility. The threats come not just from organised crime, but also from white-collar...
Jul 03, 2015Read More

Cross-border applications – deadline 15 September

 Cross-border applications - deadline 15 September The fourth and final application round of 2015 has its deadline on September 15th at 11.59 pm Brussels time. Journalists with good ideas for European cross-border stories can submit their applications for a working grant until then. The working grants are Journalismfund.eu’s main way of supporting in-depth quality journalism in Europe. Teams of at least two journalists from at least two different European countries can apply. After the application deadline, an independent jury evaluates all the applications and allocates the working grant. Read the rules for application and eligibility criteria carefully before applying. The money for this application round comes from the Adessium budget. Supported stories that have been published so far include The Migrants Files, a big data...
Jul 03, 2015Read More

Barvalipe Schools: Generation 2015

Barvalipe Schools: Generation 2015 The Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) aims to support Barvalipe Schools that provide a reflective, dynamic, and creative experience for Roma university graduates who want to progress from scholarship to public leadership. In pursuit of this goal, RIO invites proposals from Roma NGOs in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey for projects that will provide opportunities for rebuilding dignity and pride, as well as developing confidence, competence, and self-reliance among Roma university graduates between the ages of 25 and 35. Eligibility Criteria Lead applicants should be Roma NGOs registered in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, or Turkey. RIO defines a Roma NGO as an organization in which at least 50 percent of the membership (in the case of...
Jun 22, 2015Read More

EU Integration Internships for Roma Graduates

EU Integration Internships for Roma Graduates The Roma Initiatives Office invites young Roma university graduates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to apply for 12-month internships in institutions and organizations that work on European Union integration. European Union integration has provided the most favorable policy environment yet for Roma in Europe, and the aspiration of the countries of South Eastern Europe to join the EU creates opportunities to more closely connect Roma inclusion and EU enlargement policies. There is a need to build synergies between national Roma policies and EU accession processes, particularly in relation to the effective absorption of EU funds. The Roma Initiatives Office considers it crucial for Roma with appropriate knowledge and skills to play a role...
Jun 22, 2015Read More

SEENPM is pleased to announce the appointment of Tihomir Loza as executive director.

SEENPM is pleased to announce the appointment of Tihomir Loza as executive director. Tihomir Loza Tihomir, who joined the network in March, previously worked as deputy director of Transitions, a Prague-based media development organisation with projects in the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. At Transitions his responsibilities included fundraising, project development and supervision, and external communication. In the past, Tihomir also worked for a number of media outlets in his native Bosnia, including the Oslobodjenje daily and Nasi dani magazine, as well as for the BBC TV and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Serving as the main public contact and spokesperson for the organization, Tihomir will be working closely with the SEENPM Board and General Assembly to reach the network’s strategic objectives, including raising...
Jun 10, 2015Read More

RSF’s Croatia correspondent brutally attacked in his home

RSF’s Croatia correspondent brutally attacked in his home Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a brutal assault on leading freelance investigative journalist Zeljko Peratovic two days ago and calls on the Croatian authorities to provide him with protection. Peratovic, who is RSF’s Croatia correspondent, was attacked at his home in the central city of Karlovac on the evening of 28 May. Three men, who had stopped their car outside his home, insulted him as he arrived and then followed him inside, where they hit him repeatedly before finally leaving. After a brief hospitalization, Peratovic returned home and is helping the police with their investigation. Three suspects have been arrested but the authorities have not as yet condemned the attack. “We firmly condemn this violent attack on our Croatia correspondent, Zeljko Peratovic, inside...
Jun 01, 2015Read More

Regional Report on Employment Conditions of Journalists in SEE

A crowded and rather poor media market, unable to secure the sustainability of media operations, a high level of job insecurity making the journalists vulnerable to political and economic pressures and – more often than not – leading to self-censorship – are some of the conclusions of the Regional report on the Employment Conditions of Journalists in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia launched by the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, to mark May 3 – World Press Freedom Day. The report reveals that, all that across the region, journalists are making less than the national average salary, which indicates an erosion of the social respect for the profession. Paradoxically, the public media – still unreformed and subject to...
May 04, 2015Read More