About SEEMF

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.

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VII South East Europe Media Forum and Presentation of the SEEMO CEI Investigative Journalism Award, Sarjevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7-8 October 2013

Journalism in South East Europe: Monopolies, business models and the struggle for quality

The VII. South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) took place on 7th and 8th October 2013 in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), with the topic: "Journalism in South East Europe: Monopolies, business models and the struggle for quality".

The forum was organized by the KAS Media Program South East Europe, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the Central European Initiative (CEI). Around 250 media experts and journalists from all over Europe took part in the VII. SEEMF.

The conference was opened by Christian Spahr, Head of KAS Media Program South East Europe, the CEI Secretary General Margit Wästfelt, the SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujović and Borca Rudić, the Secretary General of the BiH Novinari Association. Christian Spahr emphasized in his opening speech on the sometimes one-dimensional public debates about media freedom and pluralism: "Demands are made for freedom of the press, diversity in the media and transparency – and rightly so. But often without taking into account the foundations for these objectives: Market-oriented business models, which distinguish themselves from journalism as an instrument of power for the elites. Clear media law that guarantees a minimum of freedom and competition and is also enforced. And an interested civil society that appreciates quality journalism."

An integral part of the opening session was a panel on the media situation in the host country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The animated discussion began with a public interview with the President of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Željko Komšić.

Besides that, the "CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism", supported by the KAS Media Program South East Europe, was granted. The winners are Mahir Šahinović (Sarajevo) in the category "Professional Journalists" and Rosen Tsvetkov (Sofia) in the category "Young Professional Journalists".

The forum attracted huge media interest. Not only journalists from the Balkan countries reported on the conference, but also German and Austrian media.

The SEEMF takes place annually in alternating countries of South East Europe and is the biggest media conference in the region. The forum aims at supporting exchange and networking among leading journalists and media representatives in South East and Central Europe.

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VI South East Europe Media Forum and Presentation of the SEEMO CEI Investigative Journalism Award, Budva / Becici, Montenegro 22-23 October 2012

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: info@seemo.org

Monday, 22.October 2012.

16:00-17:00

Registration - SEEMF registration desk

17:00-17:30

Welcome coffee *

17:30-20:00

Welcome and Opening Speeches *

17:30-18:00

Oliver Vujovic
Secretary General, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Vienna

Christian Spahr
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

18:00-18:15

Welcome Speech by H.E. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, Podgorica

18:00-18:15

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

18:45-19:00

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

19:00-20:30

Discussionon on Media in Montenegro: The Role of the State, Ownership Structure, Market Forces and Journalism

Chairperson

Radka Betcheva
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

Panellists

Lav Lajović Executive Director, Pobjeda, Podgorica

Mihailo Jovović Editor-in-Chief, Vijesti, Podgorica

Rade Vojvodić Director, RTV Montenegro, Podgorica

20:30-22:00

Welcome reception

Tuesday, 23.October 2012.

09:00-09:30

Welcome Coffee

09:30-11:00

Panel I Social Media, Facebook Twitter, You tube, Apps - Future of Media

Chairperson

Thomas Bauer University of Vienna, Vienna

Panellists

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

11:00-11:15

Coffee Break

11:15-12:45

Panel II Bloggers - Journalists or not?

Chairperson

Arne König
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Brussels

Panellists

Akos Balogh
Bloger, www.mandiner.hu, Budapest

Mustafa Nano
ResPublica, Tirana

Ivan Bedrov
Journalist and Blogger, Sofia

Enrico Tibuzzi
Office Chief, ANSA news agency, Brussels

Istok Pavlović
Internet Marketing Teacher, University FMK Singidunum, Belgrade and Blogger of the Year 2011 in Serbia

Magdalina Guenova
Blogger, Sofia

Discussion: Q & A

12:45-13:30

Working lunch

13:30-15:00

Panel III New Media, Web Portals, Media Market

Chairperson

Iulian Comanescu
Managing Partner "Comanescu", Bucharest

Panellists

Matija Babić
Founder, Index.hr, Zagreb

Daniel Bukumirović
Mondo.rs, Belgrade

Maja Bogataj Jančič
Intellectual Property Institute, Ljubljana

Branka Djukić
Director, Tanjug, Belgrade

Blendi Salaj
Peshku pa uje, Blogger, Tirana

Aleksandar Damovski
Co-Owner, Online Portal mkd.mk, Skopje

Discussion: Q & A

15:00-15:30

Coffee Break

15:45-16:45

Panel IV Journalists and Citizens: Online partnership against Corruption

Chairperson

Dragana Solomon OSCE Mission to Serbia, Belgrade

Panellists

Vladimir Radomirović Pištaljka.rs, Belgrade

Aleksandar Trifunović Buka, Banja Luka

Vanja Ćalović Mans, Podgorica

Discussion: Q & A

16:45-17:15

Closing Part and Conclusions - by Dragana Solomon, OSCE Mission to Serbia, Željko Ivanović, Vijesti and Boris Bergant, SEEMO

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V South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) by SEEMO, KAS and CEI Belgrade from 2-3 November 2011

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.

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IV SEEMF - Budapest, 2-3 December 2010

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: krasi@seemo.org ) or Mr. Sandor Orban in Budapest (E-mail: SEEMF2010Budapest@cij.hu )

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III SEEMF - Tirana, 4-6 November 2009 Media, Marketing, Business and New Media

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.

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II SEEMF - Sofia, 5-6 November 2008 “Media and Democracy in South East Europe: Professional Standards and Education of Journalists”

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."

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I SEEMF - Zagreb, 27 -28 June 2007 "Media and Democracy in South East Europe: Developments and Future"

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

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