SEEMF is the biggest media conference in South, Central and Eastern Europe, bringing editors, media CEO, journalists, media experts and politicians together. Every year more than 300 media representatives particiapte in SEEMF. It is organised by SEEMO in cooperation with the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Central European Initiative and in regular partnership with South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), International Academy in Belgrade and International Institute - International Media Center, Vienna.
XI South East Europe Media Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria on 27- 28 November 2017- leading regional media event - More than 400 participants from more than 30 countries + Commission on Media Policy on 29 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Hotel Hilton Sofia
Freedom of expression and freedom of the media are cornerstones of liberal democracies and they are crucial for the functioning of our societies. Yet, all over South East Europe the media and individual journalists are facing difficult professional and economic conditions.
First and foremost they have to overcome the deficits originating from the political transformation. These are, amongst others, editorial interference by politicians and media owners, high concentration and a small media market. At the same time, the media have to find an answer to globalisation and digitalisation which is even more difficult under the mentioned circumstances.
It is an important task of the media to communicate fundamental political decisions, e.g. on EU integration, to the public. However, because of financial and political pressure media often have to compromise on professional standards. Due to inadequate working conditions, job insecurity, editorial pressure, self-censorship as well as verbal and physical attacks, many journalists in the region feel powerless.
Finding legal support is not always easy for journalists who feel threatened. Many attacks against journalists have never been brought to justice. This sends out a dangerous message which encourages crimes and pressure against journalists. Self-censorship is often the consequence. Thus, the insecurity and fear of journalists are becoming the biggest threat against freedom of speech.
The changing media environment and the digital revolution are additional challenges. Media have to find new business models in order to survive. Especially investigative journalism is expensive. Although media freedom is mainly a political responsibility, its funding has to be independent from political elites who have the power to misuse it. Therefore, finding new economic concepts for journalism is one of the biggest tasks in South East Europe.
One possible strategy for strengthening economically independent journalism is the creation of media cooperatives with an active participation of the civil society. In the decision-making of a cooperative, every member has the same rights and the members are working for a common goal and common benefit. This and similar concepts can prevent a too high individual influence and concentration of power. It is desirable to foster the exchange between different successful investigative projects in South East Europe and compare their experiences with approaches from Germany and Western Europe.
The increasing number of threats and attacks against journalists has motivated the Council of Europe to create a website on media freedom topics. It offers recommendations, reports and tools in various areas. One of these tools is an online platform which provides the opportunity to report threats against journalists. The purpose of the platform is to improve the protection of journalists, to address threats and violence against media professionals in a better way and to foster early warning mechanisms and response capacity within the Council of Europe. In doing so, it aims to enable the Council’s bodies and institutions to be alerted and take timely and coordinated action when necessary.
Furthermore, to support legal advisors in the field of media freedom, the Council of Europe has published a handbook on protecting the right of freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It helps legal professionals to strengthen their skills in applying the ECHR case law on freedom of expression on national levels. This is also an opportunity for legal advisors in civil society organisations to strengthen their legal support for journalists.
Solving the current challenges regarding media freedom in South East Europe is a long-term and ongoing process. There is not just one solution for the issues ahead. Instead, a combination of activities is needed to overcome the most pressing obstacles: financing independent media; ensuring the security of journalists; countering fake news and disinformation.
The creators of fake news want the public to distrust media in general and to believe in nothing. Media have to fight for public confidence and re-establish trust. Therefore, a holistic approach is needed to counter disinformation and fake news combining awareness, education, dialogue and regulations. A good education in media literacy is especially crucial in this context. Individual European countries have already started pilot projects in primary schools to introduce media literacy in the curricula. Media professionals have to intensify their efforts in this regard and cooperate with schools, universities and media enterprises in order to offer media literacy training for children as well as for adults.
It is time for the media to step up and demand changes instead of waiting for them. The low detection rate when it comes to crimes against journalists is one of the reasons why media professionals should speak up with a united voice, whether it is through unions, international organisations or nationwide campaigns. Europe needs an appropriate legal framework on international level that guarantees better safety for journalists. Gaining the public’s support and engagement can promote these efforts and support freedom of speech in every area of life.
Sofia, 27-28 November 2017
“Media in South East Europe: The Struggle for Success on the Web”
Media Business Today –Competition, Ownership, Old and New Media
Keynote address by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to address this message for the SEEMO Conference on “Media in South East Europe: The Struggle for Success on the Web”, attended by distinguished participants from so many countries and international institutions. I would like to express my satisfaction, in the name of the Romanian Government, that SEEMO has chosen Bucharest as a meeting point for the biggest media conference in the region. I would also like to thank the co-hosts and partners of this event - the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Central European Initiative (CEI) - for their efforts to make this event a success.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Please allow me to address, from a diplomatic perspective, the main topics of your discussions: media and politics -how they are influencing each other and the media landscape transformation in Southern and Eastern Europe. We are dealing with a shifting international geopolitical environment and mass-media itself is going through transformations -especially in today’s digital age, in the context of the growing competition and emergence of modern technologies.
The last couple of years have been illustrative in their sequence of new crises, each superseding the previous one. We were and are in a constant need for adaptation and fresh policy making. Nevertheless, the deepening of crises within and around is forcing us to stay focused on our shared strategic interests and the array of complicating surrounding threats.
At the same time, new communication platforms, which became more complex and more participatory, reshaped the way journalism is made and perceived. They also reshape the way institutional actors, such as the MFA, manage their public communication. These platforms are used as a source of information, but also as a channel of sharing that information. Moreover, the Internet is going mobile and consumer habits are expected to change dramatically as a result. We are truly facing a “World Wide Web of information” - the quantity of information available out there has considerably increased: from traditional newspapers and TV or radio shows to blogs, citizen’s journalism. We both – public institutions and media - need to invest much more into monitoring, analyzing, evaluating the quality and accuracy of this information. We all need to adapt to this reality generated by the technological breakthroughs.
The Romanian MFA is working on developing its digital diplomacy tools – using digital platforms to communicate about institutional policies, diplomatic actions and foreign affairs objectives. At the same time, we are very aware that digital diplomacy brings not only new opportunities to communication, but also challenges – from a more rapid flow of information to a real-time communication capability in crisis situations - including the possibility of alerting people about imminent dangers or coordinating actions, such as evacuations from risk areas anywhere in the world.
While we try to make the best of these new technologies, we continue to rightfully value the importance of direct communication and consultation with civil society. This is the reason why, this year, I had the initiative of launching our own series of interactive debates, the so-called “Dialoguri@MAE/Dialogues at the MFA”. We wanted to create a platform for debating the latest international developments, their potential impact on the Romanian foreign policy and the solutions/ideas/concepts we propose in reaction. Open debates offer the opportunity to share our conceptual efforts, engaging constructive discussions with civil society, mass-media representatives, analysts, academic society, in the mutual benefit of both sides.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As I have already mentioned, new technologies do not simplify but often make it more difficult to overcome the main challenge that both journalists and diplomats face: getting the information quickly and getting it accurately, based on reliable sources.
This is particularly relevant nowadays, when we can see what is called "journalism’s dark alter ego” – propaganda – gaining ground again insidiously. Many of you have witnessed firsthand the destructive role that propaganda and disinformation played along our recent history. The fact that technology has advanced at a fast pace since then has created a two-sided issue: on the one hand, more numerous, subtle and efficient mechanism of propaganda but also, on the other - a more vibrant, active and resilient media environment, which offers genuine journalists and even responsible citizens the opportunity to uphold the truth and disseminate accurate and unbiased information.
Today, the relevant case is the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. You have seen the use of communication tools playing an important role in the dramatic developments that have affected this area over the past year and a half. This has been recognized by the European Council in March 2015 - which stressed the need to challenge Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns and led to the adoption of the Action Plan on Strategic Communication. An Action Plan that outlines measures on issues related to the Eastern neighborhood and beyond, as well as wider EU efforts in support of media freedom and strengthening of the overall media environment. Romania has supported this initiative and has participated to the Donor Conference on “Free and Objective Media in Eastern Partnership and Beyond” in Warsaw, this September. We stressed there the need for the states in question to promote alternative and independent views in a democratic and thriving media environment that cannot be dominated by a single source. Special attention should be devoted to providing quality information in minority languages, focusing on the promotion of their own national narratives rather than being reactive and just dismissing foreign propaganda. Such effort certainly requires also increased.
BUCHAREST, Nov 5, 2015 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is pleased to announce today's opening of the IX South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), bringing together regional media CEOs, editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals and governmental and NGO representatives to discuss the topic “Media in South East Europe – the Struggle for Success on the Web”.
The forum runs from Nov. 5 to 6 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Bucharest, Romania.
SEEMO is an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) and works in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Central European Initiative (CEI), the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), the International Academy (IA) and the International Academy – International Media Center (IA-IMC).
Welcome speeches to open the forum will be delivered by Margot Klestil-Löffler, alternate CEI Secretary General; Sven-Joachim Irmer, head of the KAS Offices in Romania and Moldova; Christian Spahr, head of the Media Program South East Europe at KAS; Marina Constantinoiu, president of SEEMO Romania; and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.
A welcome address by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will be presented by presidential counsellor Laurentiu Stefan, while a welcome of the Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, will be presented by Alexandru Ene, CEI coordinator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We are meeting in Romania in a period when many political things are happening in this country,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic noted. “It is important that the media, especially in days like these, respect professional standards. Such standards will be one of the topics discussed during SEEMF, especially in the introduction panel during which leading Romanian media representatives will speak about the media situation in the country.”
Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, CEI secretary general, commented in relation to this year’s SEEMF: “The European perspective of its Member States is the core mission of the CEI. That's why we are committed to supporting the non-EU CEI countries in order to come closer to EU standards in terms of media legislation, digitalisation, public broadcasting, free movement of journalists and quality journalism. The SEEMF offers an exceptional platform to tackle these key issues!”
Christian Spahr, head of the Media Program South East Europe at KAS, added: “The South East Europe Media Forum fosters the topical professional exchange between journalists, media, experts and politicians on an international level. It is a great encouragement for the development of an independent media landscape. For this reason, the KAS Media Programme South East Europe is pleased to be a co-organiser of this biggest annual meeting of media professionals in the region.”
Joining the opening panel on the situation of press and media freedom in Romania will be Adrian Ursu, editorial director at Intact Media Group; Dan Tapalaga, editor and coordinator at Hotnews; Denise Rifai, presenter at Realitatea TV; Mihai Radulescu, presenter at TVR Romanian Television; Ion M. Ionita, senior editor at daily Adevarul; and Ioana Avadani, executive manager at the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
During the event, Freedom House Romania and KAS will present the award “The Young Journalist of the Year 2015” (TJA) as well as the annual CEI-SEEMO investigative journalism award.
The forum will also include the following discussions:
-“News content - competition on the Web. Who can cash in on it, and what kind of regulation is necessary?”
-“Future of the media business - the vision of CEOs and directors. Which directions are media landscapes taking in Southern and Eastern Europe?”
-“Journalists and their audience - a new relationship. Is a true dialogue through the Internet possible, and how can it be successful?”
-“Innovative business models in times of change and crisis. How can traditional media survive and start-ups become prosperous?”
The annual Commission on Media Policy will follow SEEMF on Nov. 7. The event is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig, the Media Foundation of the Leipzig Sparkasse and the European Commission. During the event, the annual Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding will be presented to Radomir Licina, co-founder of the Serbian dailyDanas, and the International Academy. The latter, a sister organisation of SEEMO, will be holding a press conference about persons with disabilities and the media on Dec. 4 and 5 in Belgrade.
Premier media event in South East Europe to unite media, civil society, academia and business from across region.
VIENNA, 10 October 2014 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Central European Initiative (CEI) announce the VIII South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), to be held 16-18 October 2014 in Skopje.
VIII SEEMF is being organised in partnership with UNESCO, the European Commission, International Academy - International Media Center (IA-IMC) and South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO); and in cooperation with the South East European Network for the Professionalization of Media (SEENPM), Macedonian Institute for Media, Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM/ZNM), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe (COE), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) and the M6 Education Center in Skopje.
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 institutions from South, East and Central Europe.
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 CEI is committed to respond to the need of safeguarding media freedom and freedom of expression in the EU and across Europe. This is why we sponsor activities such as the South East Europe Media Forum and the Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism" said Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo, CEI Secretary General. "This year, the Forum also includes a session on Ukraine, which shows our attention to media developments related to crisis situations in the region".
Christian Spahr, head of KAS Media Program South East Europe added: "Nowadays, citizens and journalists don't lack of information - they are overwhelmed with it. But the information they get is often incomplete and biased. In times of conflict and political transition, we need to debate whether media inform or misinform. The South East Europe Media Forum takes it as its mission to gather all relevant stakeholders."
Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, further noted: "SEEMF is the leading annual media event in South, East and Central Europe. We bring together every year several hundred media representatives and the event also serves to support the media, professional reporting, press freedom and journalism in the host country".
Nikola Poposki, minister of foreign affairs, will deliver the welcome address. Other keynote speakers will be Johann Wadephul, member of the German Bundestag and of the chamber's Foreign Affairs Committee and Danilo Türk, president of Slovenia from 2007-2012. Special remarks will be given by Erhard Busek, former vice-chancellor of Austria.
In addition, the annual CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism will be officially presented to this year's winners.
Several other key events are being organised around SEEMF. UNESCO, together with the Macedonian Institute for Media, will host an event to present the new press council in the host country and discuss the perspectives and challenges for this media self-regulatory body, the youngest in the region. On Oct. 15 and 16, IPI, together with the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), will lead an experts seminar on defamation for journalists and lawyers in the host country. Following SEEMF, the Safety Net for European Journalists will conduct a roundtable discussion on way in which censorship disguises itself in countries considered to have a free press.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, SEEMO will organise the annual Commission on Media Policy, with this year's topic "Strengthening the Press under Pressure of War and Repression". The Commission, which was founded by former US president Jimmy Carter in 1990, will be co-chaired by Ellen Mickiewicz, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University and former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Busek. During the Commission, SEEMO will present a special diploma as part of the Dr. Erhard Busek/SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe to Nenad Sebek, spokesperson of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).
Apart from working sessions, SEEMF offers a unique opportunity to meet leading professionals for an open discussion about media, press freedom, marketing, business and new media in South East and Central Europe.
About SEEMF VIII
Working languages: English, German, Macedonian and Ukrainian
Date: 16, 17 and 18 October 2014
Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Mosa Pijade 2, Skopje
Venue for Commission on 18 October: M6 Educational Centre, 810 Street, Skopje.
The South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) is a joint project by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The first SEEMF was held in 2007 in Zagreb.
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The Forum is organised by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a regional network of editors and media executives, in cooperation with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Central European Initiative (CEI) in cooperation with UNESCO, European Commission, International Academy - International Media Center and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO). Additional partners are the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, SEENPM, M6 Education Center, Macedonian Institute for Media, COE, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM).
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Central European Initiative (CEI), Trieste, Italy, and Media Program South East Europe of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) announce that the VI South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) will take place in Budva/Becici, Montenegro, from 22 to 23 October 2012. This year’s forum will analyse multifaceted challenges of journalism in the age of new media. Special panel discussions will be dedicated to social media and blogging, digital games as well as the use of new media to combat corruption.
The conference will be inaugurated by Montenegro’s president Filip Vujanovic. His welcome speech will be followed by an interview.
During the two-day conference, to be attended by more than 150 participants from 20 countries, Slovenian journalists Blaz Zgaga and Matej Surc will be presented with the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2012. The jury also awarded a Special Investigative Diploma to the Albanian journalist Telnis Skuqi, a correspondent for Albania’s Telegraphic News Agency (ATA) in the town of Gjirokastra and a Special Mention was given to CIN Sarajevo for their remarkable contribution to investigative journalism in the region.
The evening discussion on 22 October will focus on media in Montenegro: “The Role of the State, Ownership Structure, Market Forces and Journalism.”
On 23 October, there will be four panel discussions:1) Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, You tube, Apps - Future of Media;2) Bloggers - Journalists or not? ; 3) New Media, Web Portals, Media Market, and 4) Journalists and Citizens: Online partnership against corruption. In addition, Emre Kizilkaya, editor of the Turkish daily Hurriyet, will have a presentation on Digital Games / New Games and Influence on Media.
SEEMF aims to promote exchanges and networking among media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe. Previous SEEMF events took place in Zagreb (2007); Sofia (2008); Tirana (2009); Budapest (2010) and Belgrade (2011).
“I am very happy that this year’s SEEMF is taking place in Montenegro, one of the youngest European states. We chose Montenegro in order to give clear support to the country’s media and press freedom, “said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.
CEI Secretary General Gerhard Pfanzelter stated: “Freedom of expression and of the media is one of the fundamental elements of our democracies and the European Union. Accurate and reliable information is vital in our societies, especially in the phase undergoing political and economic transformation. This is why the CEI supports activities such as the SEEMF and the Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism, which highly contribute to protecting and enhancing freedom of the media.”
Christian Spahr, head of the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, stated: "The Internet is a strong challenge for all journalists and publishers. It continues to change our media landscape rapidly, which brings new opportunities and risks for quality journalism. It is meaningful that the South East Europe Media Forum focuses on the contribution of the Web to a free and pluralistic media landscape. One of the aims of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Media Program is to support independent online journalism."
In addition to SEEMO, CEI, KAS the partners for the VI SEEMF are: the OSCE Mission to Montenegro; the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the South, East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), the International Media Center, Vijesti daily and Raiffeisen Bank International.
For more details, see: http://www.seemf.org/
Journalists interested in following SEEMF panel discussions can register at: email@example.com
Registration - SEEMF registration desk
Welcome coffee *
Welcome and Opening Speeches *
Secretary General, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Vienna
Director, Media Program South East Europe, KonradAdenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Sofia
Alyn Roberts Senior Political Advisor, OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Podgorica
Gerhard Pfanzelter Secretary General, Central European Initiative (CEI), Trieste
Welcome Speech by H.E. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, Podgorica
Public interview with H.E. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, Podgroica by Goran Mihajlovski, Editor-in-Chief, Vest daily Skopje, Zoran Sekulić, Director, Fonet news agency, Belgrade and Nedjeljko Rudović, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Editor for Politics, Vijesti daily, Podgorica. Chairperson: Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General
Presentation of the CEI-SEEMO 2012 Investigative
Journalism Award by Gerhard Pfanzelter, Secretary General,
Central European Initiative (CEI), Trieste and Oliver Vujovic,
Secretary General, SEEMO, Vienna.
Winners of the CEI-SEEMO Award 2012: Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga. Special Investigative Diploma: Telnis Skuqi. Special Mention: CIN Sarajevo
Discussionon on Media in Montenegro: The Role of the State, Ownership Structure, Market Forces and Journalism
Head of Media Programme, OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Podgorica
Milka Tadić Mijović
Editor-in-Chief, Monitor, Podgorica
Nikola Marković Editor-in-Chief, Dan, Podgorica
Darko Šuković Director, Antena M, Podgorica
Lav Lajović Executive Director, Pobjeda, Podgorica
Mihailo Jovović Editor-in-Chief, Vijesti, Podgorica
Rade Vojvodić Director, RTV Montenegro, Podgorica
Panel I Social Media, Facebook Twitter, You tube, Apps - Future of Media
Thomas Bauer University of Vienna, Vienna
Zalán Zubor HVG.hu, Budapest
Deniz Bayrakdar Kadir Has University, Istanbul
Barbora Maronkova Information Officer for Western Balkans, NATO, Brussels
Marko Milosavljevič University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Vesna Opavsky Director of Website, Media Center, Belgrade
Discussion: Q & A
Panel II Bloggers - Journalists or not?
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Brussels
Bloger, www.mandiner.hu, Budapest
Journalist and Blogger, Sofia
Office Chief, ANSA news agency, Brussels
Internet Marketing Teacher, University FMK Singidunum, Belgrade and Blogger of the Year 2011 in Serbia
Discussion: Q & A
Panel III New Media, Web Portals, Media Market
Managing Partner "Comanescu", Bucharest
Founder, Index.hr, Zagreb
Maja Bogataj Jančič
Intellectual Property Institute, Ljubljana
Director, Tanjug, Belgrade
Peshku pa uje, Blogger, Tirana
Co-Owner, Online Portal mkd.mk, Skopje
Discussion: Q & A
Panel IV Journalists and Citizens: Online partnership against Corruption
Dragana Solomon OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade
Vladimir Radomirović Pištaljka.rs, Belgrade
Aleksandar Trifunović Buka, Banja Luka
Vanja Ćalović Mans, Podgorica
Discussion: Q & A
Closing Part and Conclusions - by Dragana Solomon, OSCE Mission to Serbia, Željko Ivanović, Vijesti and Boris Bergant, SEEMO
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Central European Initiative (CEI) from Trieste, Italy, and the Media Program South East Europe of Germany’s Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) are pleased to announce the V South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Belgrade, Serbia, from 2 to 3 November 2011. This year’s forum will analyse problems and perspectives of media pluralism, media market and business models in the region.
The conference will be inaugurated by Serbia’s prime minister, Mirko Cvetkovic.
During the two-day conference, to be attended by more than 200 participants from 20 countries, Polish journalist Kalicki Wlodzmierz will be presented with the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2011. Special investigative journalism diplomas will be given to Artan Hoxha (Albania), Dijana Suboticki (Serbia), and Matej Surc and Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia).
SEEMF aims to promote exchanges and networking among media executives and leading journalists in the region. Previous SEEMF events took place in Zagreb (2007); Sofia (2008); Tirana (2009); and Budapest (2010). In addition to SEEMO, CEI and KAS, the partners for the V SEEMF are: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU); the OSCE Mission to Serbia; the South, East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO); the International Media Center; and Raiffeisen Bank International.
Vienna / Budapest, 1 December 2010 - The WAZ Media Group, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in cooperation with the Central European Initiative (CEI) and Access Info and together with local partners Pannon Lapok Tarsasaga, HVG, the Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe (N-Ost), Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) and Fuggetlen Mediakozpont (Center for Independent Journalism) are pleased to announce the IV South East Europe Media Forum (SEE Media Forum), which will bring together media CEOs, editors-in-chief, leading investigative journalists, business professionals, governmental representatives, CEOs from companies active in South East and Central Europe and representatives of NGOs. The IV SEE Media Forum, centered around the topic "Access to Information - Sources for Investigative Journalists", is scheduled to take place from 2 - 3 December 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary will open the Forum.
Welcome speeches will be given by Srgjan Kerim, President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and special envoy for political affairs of the WAZ Media Group, Frank Spengler, Deputy Head of the European and International Cooperation Department of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Gerhard Pfanzelter, Secretary General of Central European Initiative (CEI), and Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General of the South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO).
After the opening, a roundtable between journalists and experts on the hot media topic of WikiLeaks will be held.
Other panels at this year's SEE Media Forum are: "Tools for Investigative Journalism"; "Media NGOs and Access To Information"; "Access to Information - Regional Experience"; "Access To Information - International Experience"; "Transparency of Media Ownership and Public Information"; and "Coming To Terms with The Past - Accessibility of Secret Archives".
More than 250 media professionals are expected to take part. A welcome reception will be organised in cooperation with Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI). During the SEE Media Forum the annual CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism as well as the annual WAZ-IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) Courage Award will be presented and awarded to outstanding investigative journalists.
The WAZ Media Group and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will present the team of Hungarian authors Jozsef Gelei (50) and Laszlo Muranyi (54) with the "WAZ-IFJ Prize for Courage in Journalism 2010". The sponsors will award Croatian journalist Hrvoje Slabek (38) a second-place distinction. The jury has decided to split the prize, which is being announced for the second time.
The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) will present to Adrian Mogos from Romania the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2010, along with a 'special mention' for Iryna Khalip from Belarus and Lydia Pavlova from Bulgaria for their valuable contribution to investigative journalism in their countries.
In addition to the working sessions, the two-day forum offers a unique opportunity to meet leading professionals for an open discussion about media, investigative journalism and access to information in South East and Central Europe.
The South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) is a joint project by the WAZ Media Group, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The first SEEMF was held in 2007 in Zagreb, Croatia; more than 150 participants took part. The second SEEMF was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2008, with more than 250 participants. The third SEEMF was held in 2009 in Tirana, Albania; about 300 participants attended.
Registration for the event remains open. For further information and registration forms for the SEE Media Forum, please contact Ms. Krasimira Plachetzky at the SEEMO office in Vienna (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mr. Sandor Orban in Budapest (E-mail: SEEMF2010Budapest@cij.hu )
VIENNA, 23 July 2009 - The WAZ Media Group, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) announce the third South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), bringing together media CEOs, leading journalists, business professionals, CEOs from companies active in South East and Central Europe, and representatives of marketing and public relations agencies. The topic of the third SEEMF is Media, Marketing, Business and New Media. Discussions will also include the effects of the world economic crisis on media business in South East and Central Europe.
The third SEEMF is scheduled to take place from 4-6 November 2009 in Tirana, Albania. Some 250 media professionals are expected to take part. A welcome reception will be organised in cooperation with Raiffeisen Bank Albania, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (part of the RZB Group). The SEEMF will also present the WAZ-IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) annual Courage Award.
Apart from working sessions, the two-day forum offers a unique opportunity to meet leading professionals for an open discussion about media, marketing, business and new media in South East and Central Europe.
The South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) is a joint project by the WAZ Media Group, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The first SEEMF was held in 2007 in Zagreb, Croatia, where more than 150 participants took part. The Opening Statement was given by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic. The second SEEMF was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2008, with more than 250 participants and an opening statement by the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergei Stanishev.
Welcome speech by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria H.E. Sergei Stanishev
Welcome reception was organised in cooperation with Raiffeisen Bank - Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (part of the RZB Group)
SEEMO / IPI PRESS Release: WAZ Media Group, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) invite you to the 2nd South East Europe Media Forum Themes in Sofia: Professional Standards and the Training of Journalists
ESSEN / SOFIA / VIENNA, 3 November 2008. The Essen-based WAZ Media Group, the South East Europe Media Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) and the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), invite you to the 2nd South East Europe Media Forum. Approximately 200 publishers, heads of publishing companies, editors-in-chief and leading journalists from South East Europe will meet on Wednesday and Thursday (5-6 November 2008) in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The focal point of this forum is: "Media and Democracy in South East Europe: Professional Standards and Education of Journalists."
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me, first and foremost to thank all participants for contributing in this successful forum.
I’m sure we all agree that we have had a rich and engaging debate involving your active participation. The high standing of the participants and the quality and vitality of the debates again prove that it is useful and necessary to bring together representatives from the media, academics, university professors and educators and representatives of international organizations from the Region and outside, to exchange views and ideas about the challenges in education and further education of journalists in the countries of Southeastern Europe and the ways in which we can better work together, meaning media industry, universities and media institutions in trying to meet the challenges that we all face. Allow me, here to express my special thanks to Mr. Aidan White from the International Federation of Journalists, Mr. Mogens Schmidt from UNESCO, Mr. David Dadge from the International Press Institute for their contribution in this Forum.
The discussions have confirmed that the issue of quality of journalistic education inside and outside universities is acquiring greater importance. The views and concerns presented today, have only confirmed the urgent need to address this important issue and above all finding adequate solutions.
The experience of Sheffield University, as presented by Professor Harrison and Ms Kinsey, breaching the gap between a newsroom and a classroom is a very good example for successful co-operation of educators with different backgrounds. The experience of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has also given us an insight into the different possibilities of journalistic education and training.
We can all agree that the active participation of the media industry is more than necessary. This has been said repeatedly during the discussions. The WAZ Media Group has recognized this pressing need and has started to explore the possibilities of the establishment of an adequate program for education and training of journalists in Southeastern Europe. I thank Mr Gasic for presentation of the model, which, as he already announced, has started in Macedonia.
Before closing the meeting, I would like to convey a special vote of thanks to the dedicated members of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, SEEMO, the Media Development Center in Sofia and of course the “Vesnikarska Grupa Bulgaria”, who have made all of this possible.
I thank you!
Welcome speech by the President of Croatia H.E. Stjepan Mesic.
Welcome reception was organised in cooperation with the office of H.E. President of Croatia Stjepan Mesic