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

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