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SEEMO - Founded 2000 - Defending Press Freedom in South, East and Central Europe

II South, Central and East Europe Investigative Journalism Days, Belgrade, June, 2011 (3D)

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What we do


One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East Europe. Over 60 per cent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results in the past. Every SEEMO protest is distributed to leading regional and international media, national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, politicians, and also public persons and institutions. Additional SEEMO has special press-freedom webpages, like
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Till end of 2012 SEEMO plans to develop similar webpages for all countries it covers.

Part of the regular press freedom activity of SEEMO are  SEEMO Press Freedom Missions, and SEEMO Monitoring Visits.

In the past, SEEMO has provided direct help to journalists in the region by giving them technical equipment and other assistance. SEEMO also provided the necessary aid to journalists, who received death threats.

SEEMO actively cooperates with international, regional and national governmental and non-governmental organisations and institutions. SEEMO also actively cooperates with other international press freedom and media organisations, and it supports and participates in joint regional and international projects and activities. With partners, SEEMO has organised seminars and conferences promoting European values and ideas (2003, 2004, 2005), ecological philosophy and better transport possibilities in the region (Belgrade 2002 and 2004, Athens 2003 and 2004, Trieste 2004, Sarajevo 2004), a regional conference on investigative reporting (2002), a regional conference on minorities (2002), two conferences for editors-in-chief, media executives and leading journalists of Roma media in the region (2003), two conferences of editors-in-chief, media executives and leading journalists of Vlachian – Aromanian media in South East Europe (2004), several conferences on press freedom, the legal situation of media, relations between media and politicians, the public role of parliamentarians, access to information, the right to secrecy of information sources, teaching public relations and communications for governmental officials, Media and tolerance Conference (2004) etc.

Helping journalists means also furthering their education. Several workshops and seminars were organised in the field of education, especially for investigative reporters and representatives of minority media. SEEMO supported the founding of the International Media Center (IMC) as also of the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO).

SEEMO regularly publishes together with IMC and SECEPRO De Scripto, a quarterly media magazine for South East Europe, and the South East and Central Europe Media Handbook (SMH), an annual publication covering media developments, which includes selected media contacts.

SEEMO also gives awards for outstanding achievements in the field of media: the "Dr Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding", the SEEMO Human Rights Award, SEEMO Photo Human Rights Award and the CEI SEEMO Investigative Journalism Award.

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Press freedom:

SEEMO concerned at the growing number of press freedom violations in South East Europe
SEEMO alarmed at growing number of press freedom violations in South East Europe
SEEMO welcomes Serbia commission to investigate journalist murders
SEEMO concerned at arrest of Croatia journalist
SEEMO urges Serbia mayor to drop lawsuit against newspaper


Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2012 - WINNER
Human Rights Photo Award 2012 - WINNER
CEI Award 2012 - WINNER
SEEMO Human Rights Award 2012 - WINNER


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The South East Europe Media Organisation * Südosteuropäische Medienorganisation * Медијска организација Југоисточне Европе * Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Europe
Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Evrope * Organizata mediale e Evropës Juglindore * Medijska organizacija za Jugovzhodno Evropo
Медиумската организација на југоисточна Европа * Organizzazione dei Media del Sud-Est Europa *
l’Organisation des médias du Sud Est de l’Europe
Délkelet-európai Médiaszervezet * Organizácia médií juhovýchodnej Európy * Organizace medií jihovýchodní Evropy * Kaakkois-Euroopan maiden mediajarjesto
Медийна организация за югоизточна Европа * Media Organisatie voor Zuid Oost Europa * Organización de Medios de Comunicación del Sureste Europeo
Dimosiografikos Organismos Notioanatolikis Evropis (Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης) * Медиа Организация Юго-Восточной Европы
Медiа Органiзацiя Пiвденно-Схiдно Європи * Organizacja Medii Poludniowo-Wschodniej Europy * Cənubi-Şərqi Avropa üzrə Media Təşkilatının
Den sydøsteuropæiske medieorganisation * ארגון המדיה הדרום-מזרח אירופי * दक्षिण पूर्वी यूरोप मीडिया संगठन * Güneydoğu Avrupa Medya Örgütü
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