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

Roundtable on media freedom in Europe

Roundtable on media freedom in Europe Considered a fundamental right in democratic countries, freedom of expression, including freedom of the media, continues to be questioned and compromised throughout the world. Experts on media freedom from Hungary and beyond participated in panel discussions on Oct. 31 at the Central European University (CEU) organized by the Center for Media and Communication Studies to discuss media freedom and media concentration....
Nov 07, 2013Read More

Excessive Penal Code threatens media freedom in Hungary

Belgrade – Increased prison sentences for defamatory video or sound recordings are another potential threat to freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Hungary, Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media said today. “These amendments to the penal code can further restrict media freedom. The penalties for publishing defamatory recordings are disproportionate and may lead to the silencing of critical or differing views in society”, Mijatović said....
Nov 06, 2013Read More

Transparency: EU countries need to protect whistleblowers

Transparency: EU countries need to protect whistleblowers Berlin – Most European Union countries fail to legally protect whistleblowers enough from retaliation in the workplace, shutting out an important actor in the fight against corruption, according to a new report from Transparency International....
Nov 05, 2013Read More

A political battlefield in South East Europe – public service media

The South East European Media Observatory released its first summary of flash reports on countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, and Serbia. The findings suggest that similar factors charachterise the operation of the national or regional public service broadcasters which hinder their proper functioning, such as non-transparency, funding difficulties, and politically biased coverage. At the same time, low audience share and public trust, dismissal of journalists and editors can be witnessed in all of these countries....
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