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CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2020 announced

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Cecilia Anesi from Italy and Natalija Jovanovic from Serbia are the winners of this year’s CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism, promoted by the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). Esmeralda Keta from Albania will receive a special mention.

The awarding ceremony is taking place on 22 October 2020 during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF). This year SEEMF will be held in a hybrid format on-site in Belgrade, Fažana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Sofia, Tirana and Trieste and online conference.

Cecilia Anesi, investigative reporter at IrpiMedia, the online media of IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy)”, is the winner in the “Professional Journalist” category. An accomplished journalist who has made a name of herself as a freelance reporter and as the co-founder of IRPI reporting about international organised crime and drug trafficking. The jury has prized her well-rounded and masterly crafted research conducted with a team of journalists on the topic of international drug trafficking in times of the COVID-19 epidemic. Notably, she stands out for the rigorous and outstanding model of journalism she embodies.

Natalija Jovanović, investigative reporter at BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) Serbia, is the frontrunner for the “Young Journalist” award. A tenacious and brave reporter, Jovanović uncovered a story focusing on checking different COVID-19 data from different sources. Her journalistic work was carried out through meticulous and in-depth research, which assumes even greater significance considering the restrictions on access to information and press freedom further advanced during the pandemic.

The extensive investigations on failures in the Albanian health system have granted the Albanian journalist Esmeralda Keta the jury’s special mention. Investigative journalist at Top Story show broadcasted by Top Channel and contributor to BIRN Albania, her model of responsible journalism attentive to the injustices faced by vulnerable groups highlights the shortcomings of institutions at various levels who fail to protect citizens’ rights.

Organized every year and open to all 17 CEI member countries, the CEI SEEMO Award is meant to honor the achievements of investigative journalists and improve the visibility of quality journalism. This year, priority has been given to works covering the coronavirus crisis considering the vital role played in this context by accurate journalism and reliable access to information.

The submitted candidatures were examined by an independent jury composed of: Remzi Lani, Executive Director, Albanian Media Institute; Maja Sever, HRT – Croatian Radio Television; Marina Constantinoiu, Project coordinator, editiadedimineata.ro, Bucharest; Stevan Dojčinović; Editor, Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) Belgrade; Francesco Martino, correspondent, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso – OBC Transeuropa, Trento/Sofia. The overall coordination was managed by Barbara Fabro (CEI Senior Executive Officer) and Oliver Vujovic (SEEMO Secretary General).

Kadri Gürsel, winner of the SEEMO Human Rights Award 2017

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Kadri Gürsel, born 1961, journalist and columnist from Turkey is the winner of the SEEMO Human Rights Award 2017.

Gürsel started working in 1986. He was journalist in Yeni Gündem (newspaper was closed in 1988), Günes, Cumhuriyet and Sabah. He worked from 1993-1997 as Agence French-Presse (AFP ) correspondent for Istanbul. In March 1995, while working as AFP correspondent, he was kidnapped for 26 days by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). He started to work for the Milliyet newspaper group in 1997. He worked as foreign news desk editor in Milliyet from 1999–2008

In October 2016 Gürsel and his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper were taken into custody for allegedly being linked to terror groups . An Istanbul court ordered the release of Gürsel on 25 September 2017. In 2019, Gürsel started a political show on Medyascope (political news on YouTube).

Istanbul Media Days 2012

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II Istanbul media days 2012

A joint project in Istanbul from 3 – 7 December 2012 organised by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, University of Vienna, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO),  South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), International Academy (IA), International Institute- International Media Center (II-IMC)  and International Media Center (IMC), as also in cooperation with Austrian Cultural Forum (Kulturforum) Istanbul and  Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria.

Welcome!

South East European Region has always been the most vivid area of the old continent. It is the base of the question “where Europe begins and ends”. Istanbul is the right place to discuss this from the point of view of the media. As the idea of Europe has changed and transformed the media took its part in this transformation. The media in this region has evolved and transferred itself into new states immensely rapid. In some places and for some media it meant dissolve, for others fade-out or fade-in.  

Media is a sphere of several tools experienced on both side of the content providers and recipients: It needs energy in the air, limitless passion to think, to write, to answer, to capture and disseminate. How are we experiencing this change in the Southeastern Europe? Where do our ways intersect with the media?  Who are the new content providers? What happened to the old ones? What happened on the side of reader / of audience?  

Public relations and user friendly applications try to maintain the capacity of the media legacies and their transformation into the new media environment. This change on one side causes losses but brings fortunes for others on the other side.  What are these opportunities? The number of Internet and smart phone users in South East European region is an emerging market, Turkey is prevailing. Not only on the side of the end-users but also as creative content providers. Especially in journalism, music, videogames and others.  

Towards the end of 2012, let’s sum up all these questions make a list and discuss them at Kadir Has University, at the shores of Golden Horn.  

Journalism will be the center of our Media Days 2012 integrating old and new media. Professional perspectives- with contributions of newspapers, both private and public TV, PR landscape, the news making and analysis on and about Syria, TV Series and their prevalence in recent years.  

With the participation of journalists and online journalists, bloggers, columnists, other media and content providers, academics, industry and consultants from the South East European and European region we aim to create the most up to date atmosphere and put the agenda for the Media Days for 2013.  

Sincerely,  

Prof.Dr. Deniz Bayrakdar
Dean Faculty of Communication
Kadir Has University#
Istanbul, Turkey

 

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III Investigative Journalism Days, 23-25 May 2012, Chisinau, Moldova

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The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is set tomorrow to kick off its annual conference dedicated to investigative reporting, The III South, East and Central Europe Investigative Journalism Days, in Chisinau, Moldova.

The conference is scheduled to take place from May 23 to 25 with the financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation agency and in cooperation with the European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM) and the Chisinau-based daily Ziarul de Garda.

The conference, focusing on different aspects of reporting on corruption and crime, will be inaugurated by Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat. The opening ceremony will also include SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic, CIRCOM Regional Training Project Manager Karol Cioma, Boris Bergant from the European Broadcasting Union-Special Assistance Project (EBU-SAP), Ziarul de Garda Director Alina Radu, Gerhard Schaumberger from the Austrian Development Agency in Chisinau and EBU Vice President Claudio Cappon.

Renowned international speakers, who are experts in investigative reporting, will cover a series of topics including technology and advanced investigative techniques in the coverage of corruption and organised crime, as well as editorial policies on investigations into crime and corruption.

Paul Christian Radu, executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project from Bucharest, Romania will moderate a panel on technology and advanced investigative techniques related to reporting on corruption and organised crime. Tony O’Shaughnessy, an experienced international journalist and trainer who served as a current affairs series editor for the BBC and who is currently involved with CIRCOM’s video journalism and documentary courses, will focus on “Approaching investigative journalism within a current affairs program series – the editorial decisions to be made”.

Marek Wollner, head and host of the investigative program Reporteri CT, broadcast by the Pubic RTV in the Czech Republic, will hold a panel on investigative reporting on public television. Finally, Blaz Zgaga, a freelance reporter from Slovenia and a co-author of the three-part investigative trilogy “In the Name of the State” focusing on arms smuggling during the 1990s Balkan conflicts, will speak about his investigation.

More than 100 national and international journalists are expected to attend.

The III South, East and Central Europe Investigative Journalism Days will be inaugurated at 18.00 on May 23 in the Codru Conference Halls in Chisinau.

The first South, East and Central Europe Investigative Journalism Days took place in Budva, Montenegro in 2010. The second took place in Belgrade, Serbia in 2011.

For more information please contact Lyudmila Handzhiyska at info@seemo.org.

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Serbian Photographer Wins SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award

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The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) announced that Serbian journalist Igor Pavicevic won the 2012 SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award. The winning photograph, “Ručak na barikadi”, (Lunch at the Barricades), shot on Sep. 18, 2011, in Jarinje, Kosovo, was selected by the SEEMO jury, headed by Radomir Licina (Danas daily, Belgrade, Serbia).

Pavicevic works as a photojournalist for the Belgrade-based Press daily. He has previously worked for different publications, including Balkan and Internacional. Pavicevic was handed the award on May 17, 2012, during a ceremony and exhibition organized by the Beta news agency. The SEEMO Human Rights Award is part of the Beta Photo Award Competition. BETA has been organising this photo competition since 2004 and SEEMO has participated for the past five years with its special award.

The winners of the 2012 Beta Photo Award are: Sanja Knezevic, Amnesty International, Serbia; Vadim Ghirda, AP, Romania; and Milos Cvetkovic, Blic, Serbia. A special award for best sports photograph, sponsored by Telekom, went to Bulgarian photographer Kostadin Andonov.

The winning SEEMO Human Rights Photo Award photograph, as well as the runners-up, will be printed in SEEMO publications and published on the SEEMO website: The runners-up are: “The Balkans”, Petar Markovic, Blic, Serbia; “Greek Unrest 2”, Milos Bicanski, Getty Images, Greece; “Boy poverty”, Tomislav Georgiev, Magazin Fokus, Macedonia; “The Flower of Youth”, Dado Ruvic, Reuters, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “I Am a Man, Too”, Nebojsa Markovic, Blic, Serbia; “Illegal Immigrants”, Boris Kovacev, Cropix, Croatia; “Don Quixote”, Andjelko Vasiljevic, Politika, Serbia; “Mother and Child”, Mirza Subasic, Nasa Rijec, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Kolo Dance”, Dragan Karadarevic, Vecernje Novosti, Serbia; “Feeding people”, Stipe Surac, freelance photographer, Croatia; “Future Parade Commander”, Dusan Mitic, Tanjug, Serbia ; “Waiting for Coffee”, Zvonimir Barisin, Cropix, Croatia; “Feminine Race”, Emil Vas, Beta, Serbia; “Frost”, Vadim Ghirda, AP, Romania; “Civilization”, Marina Kelava, H-Alter.org, Croatia; and “Carpathia”, Stipe Surac, freelance photographer, Croatia.

The winners of the previous SEEMO competitions are: 2008 – Maja Zlatevska, Dnevnik, Skopje (Marko Djurica, Blic/Reuters, received a Certificate of Distinction); 2009 – Nebojsa Radosavljevic-Raus, freelance photographer, Belgrade, Serbia; 2010 – Mahir Vranac, freelance photographer, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and 2011 – Janko Petkovic, Beta, Serbia.

DR. ERHARD BUSEK SEEMO AWARD FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2018 TO REMZI LANI

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Vienna, 29 November 2018

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has announced on 29 November 2018 that Remzi Lani, founder and director of the Albanian Media Institute, is the winner of the 2018 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

An international SEEMO jury chose Lani, who has a long career in journalism and media development. He worked for many media, like Zeri i Rinise (Tirana), El Mundo (Madrid), Zeri (Pristina) Alternative Information Network (AIM) etc. He was co-editor of the Albanian edition of Foreign Policy Magazine. He is an author of various articles on Balkan affairs for international and regional magazines.

Lani was chosen for his longstanding media work in South East Europe, supporting development of media, media professionalism, and better cooperation between journalists in the SEEMO region. Lani was since end of the 80´ promoting press freedom in his country and the region and also constantly supported the work of minority media and the development of investigative journalism in the South East Europe.

He is one of the founders of the South East Europe Media Organisation. He is also one of the founders of a network of media centers and media institutes in South East Europe.

Lani is member of European Council for Foreign Relations ; Member of the Steering Committee of GFMD (Global Forum for Media Development); Member of the Board of WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers).

Lani worked as media expert in Yemen, Mozambique, Zimbabve, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Zwaziland, Bostwana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia etc.

He was guest lecturer at Klagenfurt University (Austria), Otawa University (Canada), Windhoek Politechnic (Namibia). He worked as expert for the International Commission on the Balkans (2004).

The award, which carries a cash prize of €2,500, is scheduled to be presented on 29 November 2018 (16.15 ) in Krems, Austria (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Am Campus Trakt G1, 3500 Krems an der Donau) by Dr. Erhard Busek, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), and by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary general.

Previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe are:


-Marina Constantinoiu, editor-in-chief of miscareaderezistenta.ro and former editor-in-chief at Jurnalul National daily in Bucharest (Romania).

– Erol Onderoglu (Turkey), journalist and press freedom worker in Istanbul;

– Radomir Licina (Serbia) founder and senior editor daily Danas, Belgrade; 

– International Academy (Serbia) for the project Media and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities;

– Željka Lekić-Subašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), head of ERNO (Eurovision News Exchange for Southeast Europe) Coordination Office;

– Nenad Šebek (Greece/Serbia) executive director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) in Thessaloniki for 12 years, developing and working on a wide variety of programmes, from the joint history project to the regional television talk show “Vicinities”;

– Jeta Xharra (Kosovo) director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), as well as a presenter on, and the editor-in-chief of, “Life in Kosovo”;

– Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List;

– Omer Karabeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina), journalist, South Slavic and Albanian Language Service program of Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL), founder and editor of the radio program Most (Bridge), Prague, Czech Republic;

– Boris Bergant (Slovenia), co-founder of the Alpe Adria broadcasting project, former deputy-president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and former deputy director of Radio Television Slovenia;

– Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program ‘Insajder’, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia;

– Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria;

– Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija;

– Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia;

– Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina / USA), editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and author of Prime Time Crime;

– Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program ‘Latinica’, Croatian Radio Television (HRT).

For questions and more information please contact: info@seemo.org

 

INTERVIEW FOR SEEMO WITH PAVO MARINKOVIĆ

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Croatian National RTV Broadcaster HRT postponed in January the broadcast of Pavo Marinković’s film “Ministry of Love” due to protests by war veterans and war widowers. Protesters asked HRT to remove the film. They received support from right wing circles. SEEMO talk with Pavo Marinković

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: SEEMO ALARMED: REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued a decree which could block the media from reporting freely about COVID-19. #COVID19 #banjaluka #bosnaihercegovina

Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe 2019

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Vienna / Zagreb, 5 November 2019

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has announced on 5 November 2019 that Boro Kontić, journalist and director of Media Center Sarajevo, is the winner of the 2019 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

Kontić, born 1955, was chosen for his longstanding media work in South East Europe, supporting development of media, media diversity, media professionalism, and better cooperation between journalists in the SEEMO region.

He started his journalistic career on Radio Sarajevo (1979) as a host of the live radio broadcast called “Primus”. In a later analysis “Primus” was estimated to be one of the most significant media project in former Yugoslavia. “Primus” was a basis for the young authors from Sarajevo who were recognized as creators of “Surrealists’ a specific movement in arts and media with broader cultural and social implications.

Later (1987) he created “Youth program” as a platform for the new radio voices. Between 1990 and 1992 he was editor-in-chief of the Radio Sarajevo, II program.

During his radio career Boro Kontić won Grand Prix of two remarkable world festivals of radio authors for his documentary “Jazztime”: Prix Futura – Berlin and Prix Italia (1991). As a co-author in the radio documentary “Sniper” with colleagues from Danish Radio, he won another Prix Italia (1993).

During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and siege of Sarajevo(1992-1996) he reported for BH Radio and Voice of America.

Since 1995 he has worked as a director of the Media center in Sarajevo.

Kontić is author and producer of numerous documentaries. Among them “Years eaten by lions” about journalism and hate speech in ex – Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1995.

Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, which carries a cash prize of €2,000, is scheduled to be presented during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) on 5 November 2019 (16:00 – 16:15) in Hotel Internacional in Zagreb (Croatia), by Dr. Erhard Busek, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), by Samra Luckin from SEEMO Bosnia and Herzegovina and by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary general.

Previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe are:
• Remzi Lani, founder and director of the Albanian Media Institute, Tirana (Albania);
• Marina Constantinoiu, editor-in-chief of miscareaderezistenta.ro and former editor-in-chief at Jurnalul National daily in Bucharest (Romania);
• Erol Onderoglu, journalist and press freedom worker in Istanbul (Turkey);
• Radomir Licina, founder and senior editor daily Danas, Belgrade (Serbia);
• International Academy, Belgrade (Serbia) for the project Media and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities;
• Željka Lekić-Subašić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), head of ERNO (Eurovision News Exchange for Southeast Europe) Coordination Office;
• Nenad Šebek (Greece/Serbia) executive director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) in Thessaloniki for 12 years, developing and working on a wide variety of programmes, from the joint history project to the regional television talk show “Vicinities”;
• Jeta Xharra (Kosovo) director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), as well as a presenter on, and the editor-in-chief of, “Life in Kosovo”;
• Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List;
• Omer Karabeg (Bosnia and Herzegovina), journalist, South Slavic and Albanian Language Service program of Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL), founder and editor of the radio program Most (Bridge), Prague, Czech Republic;
• Boris Bergant (Slovenia), co-founder of the Alpe Adria broadcasting project, former deputy-president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and former deputy director of Radio Television Slovenia;
• Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program ‘Insajder’, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia;
• Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria;
• Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija;
• Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
• Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina / USA), editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and author of Prime Time Crime;
• Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program ‘Latinica’, Croatian Radio Television (HRT).
For questions and more information please contact: info@seemo.org