Media in SEE marred by ownership concentration, lack of solidarity and fear of job loss

From: “Press office – Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso” <press@balcanicaucaso.org> Date: 22 October 2014, 18:46:53 GMT+3 Monopolies, non-transparent means of finance, weak unions, no possibility of coming together with other journalists, cliques and closed professional networks are among the main factors obstructing media freedom in Italy, Southeast Europe and Turkey. These are some of the preliminary findings of a research by Professor Eugenia Siapera from the School of Communications at the Dublin City University, carried out as part of the Safety Net for European Journalists* project. The results were made available at the VIII Southeast Europe Media Forum 2014 (SEEMF 2014) organised by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) in Skopje, Macedonia on 16-18...
Oct 23, 2014Read More

Hackers’ attacks are a danger to media freedom

Over the last days,  Internet servers of media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania  and Serbia were hacked. Their content was no longer availabe or has been replaced with provocative images. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović considers this a “clear danger to media freedom” and asked the authorities in these countries to investigate these attacks. More on the issue...
Oct 22, 2014Read More

SEENPM is present at the regional Media Forum

SEENPM is present at the regional Media Forum It’s a full house at the South East European Media Forum in Skopje, Macedonia. The theme of this year’s SEEMF is “Media in South East Europe: Not enough or too much information?”. Discussions will cover the right to access information, data journalism, privacy and the protection of sources, self-regulation and standards of quality reporting. A session will also be dedicated to opinion making in times of conflict and will discuss the lessons of the media war in Ukraine.The event will bring together media CEOs, editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals, CEOs from companies active in South East and Central Europe, representatives of marketing and public relations agencies, civil society representatives, academics and representatives of state...
Oct 17, 2014Read More

SEENPM is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director

SEENPM, the Central and South Eastern Europe network of media centres and institutes, is looking to appoint a new Executive Director. Reporting to SEENPM´s Board, the Executive Director provides strategic vision, high-level institutional representation and leadership, and management of the network´s secretariat. This is a full time position based in the region or its vicinity. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with candidate’s location, skills and experience. A full job description and details about application process are available here.  Please send your applications no later than 21 November 2014 to...
Oct 16, 2014Read More

European Commission Reconciliation in the Western Balkans – call for proposals

The European Commission (EC) isinviting project proposals from organizations from the beneficiary countries and from the EU for ‘Reconciliation in the Western Balkans’ through the analysis of the recent past, reporting on transitional justice and advancement of investigative journalism’ grant project – wrote Gamala Luitel....
Mar 04, 2014Read More

South-East European Partnership for Media Development

Eight SEENPM members, together with the umbrella organization, are implementing the South-East European Partnership for Media Development Project, which supports the development of independent and accountable media in the Western Balkans (December 2013 – November 2017)....
Mar 04, 2014Read More

Call for proposals – advocacy actions by civil society organizations

SEE Media Observatory has announced a call for proposals for civil society organizations (CSOs) to implement public awareness and advocacy campaigns and organize actions aiming to support free, independent, pluralistic and viable media in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia....
Feb 03, 2014Read More

November 2: International Day to End Impunity

New York – Just days following the culmination of this year’s International Day to End Impunity campaign, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has passed by consensus a resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. The resolution includes a call to make the International Day to End Impunity an official UN day, to be commemorated each year on 2 November....
Nov 26, 2013Read More

Hungary: freedom of speech is at stake again

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU, or “TASZ” in Hungarian) has criticized a new law, enacted by the Hungarian Parliament on 5 November, because it further restricts freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The new law punishes by up to three years in prison the creation and distribution of video or voice recordings made for the purpose of harming another person’s dignity – wrote Dalma Dojcsak....
Nov 20, 2013Read More

Research tools for investigative journalists

Research tools for investigative journalists Marty Steffens, from the University of Missouri, and Paul Radu, from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in Romania, presented some of the best search tools on the Internet other than Google at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference – wrote Amanda Rocha. The tools are often used as the starting point for almost all research on international business....
Nov 20, 2013Read More