SEEMO panel during the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. For years, media freedom in Eastern Europe has been a cause for concern for many international organizations which have fought for the freedom of expression and information. The cases of attacks on journalists in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria are emblematic, while the Balkan countries are a special case as they experienced a transition period from a post-war to a European context. However, the efforts of the younger generation to find their own independent voice – often made possible by the widespread use of new media – offer encouraging signs for the future. Organised in association with Associazione Giornalisti Scuola di Perugia and EstOvest.