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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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