European Summer School on “Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance”

Budapest, 5 – 10 July 2015 The Tom Lantos Institute (Budapest), the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Education and Psychology (Budapest), and CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (Brussels) are organising the second European Summer School, on “Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance” for 25 civil servants, educators, journalists, Churches and civil society representatives from the Council of Europe member countries. The Summer School employs a multidisciplinary approach that complements Holocaust education with human rights training. It combines collective memory workshops with the discussion of relevant cases of human rights violations and the teaching of skills to prevent and counter these violations. The principle goal of this training is to develop understanding...
Mar 26, 2015Read More

Regional EU award scheme for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey launched

Regional EU award scheme for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey launched The regional scheme of EU awards for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey has been launched in March 2015 aiming at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the region. Within the regional scheme, seven separate award contests are being organised in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. On 16 and 17 March 2015, the contests for EU award for investigative journalism were launched in in Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. The award launching events were organised in the EU Information Centers. EU Special Representative in Kosovo Mr. Samuel Žbogar, Head of Political, Economic and Information Section at the EU Delegation in...
Mar 20, 2015Read More

ECHR has ruled that journalists should be able to use hidden cameras to report on issues of public interest

ECHR has ruled that journalists should be able to use hidden cameras to report on issues of  public interest In a ground-breaking judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has held that journalists should be able to use hidden cameras to report on issues of public interest. The Court gave its judgment in the case of four Swiss journalists who had been convicted for invasion of privacy following their use of a hidden camera to report on insurance scams. Posing as potential customers they secretly filmed an insurance broker and subsequently broadcast the interview. They were sentenced to a fine. The journalists complained to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that their conviction violated their right to freedom of expression. The Media Legal Defence Initiative intervened to emphasise that the use of hidden recording devices is a vital tool of watchdog journalism. Agreeing with these...
Feb 25, 2015Read More

South East European Partnership for Media Development

South East European Partnership for Media Development Belgrade, 19 February 2015 South East European Media Partnership program continued with a steering committee meeting, held in Belgrade on 19 February. Representatives of the partners in the project gathered to analyze the achievements so far as well as the next activities scheduled in the region. The meeting was organized with the kind support of the Serbian partners: Media Center Belgrade and Media Reform Center Nis. In its first year of activities the project succeeded in creating viable and functional working mechanisms and teams in all countries. The project members have conducted the research and completed the reports and on the situation of  journalists’ employment conditions. The reports will be launched in a cascade of events that would encompass months February to April.  The...
Feb 20, 2015Read More

European Audiovisual Observatory – Montenegro takes over Observatory Presidency for 2015

European Audiovisual Observatory - Montenegro takes over Observatory Presidency for 2015 European Audiovisual Observatory 08/01/2015 : Press release – Montenegro takes over Observatory Presidency for 2015 The European Audiovisual Observatory, the Council of Europe’s audiovisual information clearing house, is now under the Presidency of Montenegro for 2015. Montenegro takes over from Italy which held the Presidency of the Strasbourg-based Observatory in 2014. Montenegro is represented within the Observatory’s Executive Council by Jadranka Vojvodic, Deputy Director of the Agency for Electronic Media, the Montenegrin Regulatory Authority. Vojvodic stated that Montenegro, as a recent member of the Observatory (the country joined in 2012), was “proud to be Presiding the first year of the Observatory’s 3 Year Action Plan 2015 – 2018.” She added that her...
Jan 08, 2015Read More

UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015 Should Include Freedom of Expression

UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015 Should Include Freedom of Expression Press freedom, access to information and freedom of expression are essential “enablers of sustainable development”, writes the “synthesis” report on the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, presented to the General Assembly in New York yesterday. Over the past year, an civil society coalition of national, regional and international press freedom and media development organizations led by Global Forum for media development (GFMD) and London-based Article 19 has been advocating for the inclusion of commitments to freedom of information and media in the UN’s new global goals.  SEENPM, as a network and six of its members are part of the GFMD. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged the adoption in 2015 of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, including a commitment by all...
Dec 05, 2014Read More

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is seeking to appoint a project coordinator

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is seeking to appoint a project coordinator The Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is seeking to appoint a project coordinator. More information is available here. Contact person:  Christian Spahr, director, The Media Program South East Europe / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung –...
Nov 25, 2014Read More

EC Progress Report for Albania 2014

 European Commission: Albania still affected by political interests The political disagreement on who to fill the vacancies in the media regulator marred the working of the body, with negative effects on the audiovisual in Albania, states the EC Progress report Albania, 2014. The lack of transparency of media financing and the interference in the media by political and economic interests remain major challenges.This includes the non-transparent allocation of funds for advertising by state-owned companies and the government. The report concludes that has been some progress in the field of information society and media, but there is more to be done in terms of independence of public media, prosecution of attacks against journalists and strengthening the professional standards. Full...
Oct 24, 2014Read More

EC Progress Report for Montenegro 2014

In Montenegro, freedom of expression has been undermined by cases of violence against journalists, and attacks on media property, states the EC Progress Report for Montenegro 2014. The government should continue publicly promoting and supporting media freedom, avoiding any statements that may be understood as intimidation. Self-regulatory bodies responsible for maintaining and promoting professional and ethical standards are weak. The Head of the Montenegro Unit within the European Commission Directorate General for EU Enlargement, Dirk Lange, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro Mitja Drobnič presented the Progress Report 2014 on 8th of October. This is the third Progress Report on Montenegro since the country opened accession negotiations with the EU in June 2012. The...
Oct 23, 2014Read More

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