Regional Report on Employment Conditions of Journalists in SEE

A crowded and rather poor media market, unable to secure the sustainability of media operations, a high level of job insecurity making the journalists vulnerable to political and economic pressures and – more often than not – leading to self-censorship – are some of the conclusions of the Regional report on the Employment Conditions of Journalists in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia launched by the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, to mark May 3 – World Press Freedom Day. The report reveals that, all that across the region, journalists are making less than the national average salary, which indicates an erosion of the social respect for the profession. Paradoxically, the public media – still unreformed and subject to...
May 04, 2015Read More

Dunja Mijatović – winner of Médaille Charlemagne for 2015

Dunja Mijatović -  winner of Médaille Charlemagne for 2015 OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, was awarded Médaille Charlemagne for 2015. That is the biggest award on European level, when it comes to human rights and intercession in the field of media. Mijatović is the first person from the region of South East Europe that has received this award. Since 2000, Médaille Charlemagne Award has been assigned to European personalities for outstanding contributions in the field of media. It is assigned to an individual or organization, and some of the previous winners are Win Wanders, Tymothy Ashton Grath, Fatih Akin, Reporters without Borders, the European Film Academy, etc. Awarding ceremony will be held on April 30 in Aachen, Germany. Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philip, warned that the repression of the media is still...
Apr 30, 2015Read More

Sasa Lekovic, new president of Croatian Journalists’ Association

Croatian journalist Sasa Lekovic, the founder and president of the Investigative Journalism Center, was elected president of the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND) on 25 April.  He won a mandate to lead the association for the next four years in  a contest that included five other prominent Croatian journalists. HND, founded in 1910, has some 3,000 members.In his proposed program, Mr Lekovic painted a bleak picture of Croatian journalism, underlining corrupt relationships among  journalists, media owners, politicians and advertisers which have diminished  the integrity of journalism as a profession. He pledged to work toward better labour conditions for journalists and campaign for legislative changes to bring more transparency to media ownership.Mr Lekovic has also...
Apr 30, 2015Read More

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