Life of Public Broadcasting Services Gets Eextended for Six Months

Life of Public Broadcasting Services Gets Eextended for Six Months Sarajevo, 4 February 2016 The Council of Ministers of B-H has decided to extend the current method of user fee collection for Broadcasting Services via telecoms operators until 30th of June. By doing so, they accepted the amendment to the B-H Public Broadcasting System Legislation due to numerous appeals by the Public Broadcasting Services. This decision supported by the force of law, creates a five month transitional period to find a stable method of public services funding. However, it is clear that intensive negotiations not only about the problems of collecting the Public Broadcast fee, but also about its overall structure¸ are about to begin. The Council of Ministers instructed the Ministry of Communications and Transport and the Broadcasting Services System Committee to work...
Feb 05, 2016Read More

Call for Entries: 2016 Dart Awards

Call for Entries: 2016 Dart Awards The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honor innovative, ethical and effective reporting of human tragedy across all media platforms. Judges will make two awards, each carrying a $5000 cash prize. Entries must be submitted through theonline application system by Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Click here for full submission guidelines. Click here to submit your entry. Since 1994, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma have honored innovative, ethical and effective reporting on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events, focusing on the experiences of victims and survivors and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues. While the public is far more aware now than in 1994 of violence, trauma and...
Jan 10, 2016Read More

Online Resource Centre on Media Freedom Launched

Online Resource Centre on Media Freedom Launched The ECPMF Online Resource Centre on Media Freedom, officially launched in December 2015, provides easy access to a wide array of ever-growing curated resources related to media freedom and pluralism in Europe.  The Resource Centre aims to serve the broad community of journalists, media experts and policy makers, as well as the broad public.  This online information tool is a project of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso (OBC) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), supported by the European Commission.  The Resource Centre items range from region-wide and country-specific reports to legal tools and practical instruments such as trainings and manuals, as well as opportunities for media professionals and young journalists.  Using the Resource Center is made easier with...
Dec 21, 2015Read More

2015 Media Integrity Reports on Seven Enlargement Countries Released

2015 Media Integrity Reports on Seven Enlargement Countries Released A new series of media integrity reports on the seven EU hopefuls has been released as par of theSEE Media Observatory project. Now in its Phase 2, the project has been implemented by a group of SEENPM members since 2013. The 2015 series of media integrity reports builds on the 2014 book Media Integrity Matters, which focused on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia as well as Croatia. The new series covers all seven enlargement countries, with reports on Turkey, Montenegro and Kosovo centred on media ownership and media finances, while the reports on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia examine financial aspects of the relationship between the media and the state. Available in both HTML and PDF formats, the reports paint a worrying picture of deteriorating...
Dec 21, 2015Read More

SEENPM Voices Concerns Over Press Freedom in Turkey: Open Letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

16 December 2015 Dear President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu,   The undersigned civil society organizations, members of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM), express grave concerns over the Turkish government’s flagrant violations of media freedoms.   We are concerned that your government uses methods incompatible with a democratic society to exert pressure on media organizations to conform with government policies. Economic pressures are deployed to manipulate news coverage and limit public debate, with wayward journalists fired and independent news outlets denied revenues. In parallel, pro-government media and their proprietors benefit from different government favours, including budget subsidies that create unfair conditions on...
Dec 16, 2015Read More

The first prison visit: P24 stands with jailed journalists in Turkey

The first prison visit: P24 stands with jailed journalists in Turkey Attorney-at-law Veysel Ok of P24′s Legal Unit visited five journalists imprisoned over their news reporting. Cumhuriyet daily’s Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar, Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül, Nokta magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Cevheri Güven, Managing Editor Murat Çapan and journalist Mehmet Baransu are being kept in Istanbul’s Silivri Prison. Dündar and Gül have yet to receive an official indictment, but they will likely be accused of “espionage” over reports published by their newspaper suggesting that the Turkish government supplied weapons to armed groups in Syria. They have been in jail for nearly two weeks. The Nokta journalists have been formally indicted – a very recent development – and are pending trial for “inciting the public to armed revolt...
Dec 12, 2015Read More

Eroding Freedoms: Media and Soft Censorship in Montenegro

CIMA is pleased to release Eroding Freedoms: Media and Soft Censorship in Montenegro. CIMA and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have been cooperating in a campaign to raise awareness around the world of the insidious practice known as “soft” (or indirect) censorship of news media. Soft censorship is used to promote positive coverage of officials or their actions–and to punish media outlets that criticize them. It is the practice of influencing news coverage of state bodies and officials and their policies and activities through allocation or withholding of state media spending (subsidies, advertising, and other media contracts), or selective application of licensing, permits, or regulations, to shape the broad media landscape; promote or diminish...
Nov 26, 2015Read More

Freedom from Expression

While this year’s country reports by the European Commission on enlargement countries highlight some successes in other areas, the verdict on freedom of expression is overwhelmingly negative. In the past year, the candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership made “no progress” (Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia); have backslid (Bosnia); “continued to backslide” (Macedonia), or showed “serious backsliding” (Turkey) when it comes to freedom of expression, according to the 2015 annual country reports by the European Commission published on 10 November. The sole exception is Albania, which made “some progress.” Such verdicts come as no surprise to observers. The EC report on media follows a number of freedom and sustainability indexes and assessments by...
Nov 18, 2015Read More

Western Balkans and Turkey: enlargement process key to strengthened economic and political stability in the region

Western Balkans and Turkey: enlargement process key to strengthened economic and political stability in the region The European Commission has adopted the annual reports on the enlargement process in the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey. Presenting the annual Enlargement Package, Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The current refugee crisis shows how crucial close cooperation between the EU and the countries in south-east Europe is. The EU enlargement process, covering the Western Balkans and Turkey, is a powerful tool to strengthen the rule of law and human rights in these countries. It also boosts the economy and promotes regional cooperation. A clear European perspective gradually transforms our partner countries and strengthens stability around our Union. Our firm commitment to EU enlargement, and to the conditions it involves, is therefore a long-term investment in...
Nov 10, 2015Read More

SEENPM Holds General Assembly in Tirana

SEENPM Holds General Assembly in Tirana Representatives of fourteen member organisations of SEENPM met on 30 October in Tirana for an annual meeting of the General Assembly.  As the highest decision-making body in the network’s governing structure, the GA reviewed SEENPM’s activities in the previous year, including the implementation of the network’s 2014-6 strategic plan and finances. Corina Cepoi, the outgoing president of the SEENPM Board, highlighted a number of projects that the network implemented in 2014, including SEE Media Observatory, EU Investigative Journalism Awards in Western Balkan and Turkey, Partnership for Media Development and Reporting Neighbours in Balkan Media as well as initiatives on hate speech and digital regulation and efforts to determine and address capacity building needs of SEENPM...
Nov 04, 2015Read More