PRESS RELEASES

Vienna, 23 September 2008

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), would like to announce the following upcoming SEEMO events and publications.

The II South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Sofia, Bulgaria The topic of the II SEEMF is “Media and Democracy in South East Europe: Professional Standards and Education of Journalists.” The II SEEMF will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 5-6 November 2008. This annual event is organised by the WAZ Medien Gruppe, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and SEEMO. The local partners of this year’s SEEMF are the Newspaper Group Bulgaria and the Media Development Centre, Sofia. Over 150 participants are expected, including editors-in-chief, media executives, and representatives from media education centres and university schools of media and communication in South East and Central Europe.

Presentation of the VI Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Media Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe

The VI Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Media Award will be presented in Vienna on 16 November 2008 by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and President of the European Forum Alpbach, and by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.

SEEMO Conference: Public Services in South East and Central Europe

The SEEMO Conference on Public Services will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 9-11 December 2008. SEEMO is organising the conference in cooperation with Radio-Television (RTV) Slovenia and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) – Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The directors of public services, representatives of regulatory agencies and media experts from South East Europe are expected to participate. This is the third conference organised this year by SEEMO and ADC-ADA. Two successful conferences were already held in Belgrade in June 2008: the conference on “Media, Marketing and Business” and the conference on “Private News Agencies in South East Europe”.

Presentation of the VI SEEMO Human Rights Award for Media Professionals in South East Europe

The VI SEEMO Human Rights Award for Media Professionals in SEE will be bestowed upon a media professional from South East Europe on 10 December 2008. The SEEMO Human Rights Award is presented annually on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

Upcoming SEEMO Publications

In the coming weeks, a new edition of the media magazine De Scripto will be published by SEEMO. In addition, SEEMO will soon publish the “SEEMO Investigative Reporting Handbook”, a book on “Media and PR” and a book on “Media, Marketing and Business in South East Europe”. Furthermore, publications on “Public Broadcasting in South East Europe” and “Women, Men and Media” are in planning.

Finally, SEEMO would like to announce the publication in two volumes of the 2008 edition of the “South East and Central Europe Media Handbook” (“SEEMO Media Handbook”) in October 2008. The Media Handbook includes media reports and contact details of selected radio and TV stations, newspapers, magazines, media organisations, media schools, journalists’ organisations, and internet service providers and other new media from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Bulgaria. SEEMO publishes this book annually in cooperation with its partners, the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and the ERSTE Foundation.

SEEMO General Information

The current SEEMO staff members in Vienna are: Krasimira Plachetzky, SEEMO assistant; Sara di Pede, SEEMO assistant; Sladjana Matejevic, SEEMO conference and financial coordinator; Elva Hardarson, press freedom and fundraising coordinator and Selma Koric, coordinator De Scripto magazine.

The SEEMO Board members are: Radomir Licina (senior editor Danas daily, Belgrade), Agron Bajrami (editor-in-chief Koha Ditore daily, Pristina), Boris Bergant (deputy director RTV Slovenia, Ljubljana and EBU vice-president), Pavol Mudry (founder and board member, SITA news agency, Bratislava), Marta Palics (editor, RTV Novi Sad, Novi Sad), Jorgos Papadakis (journalist, Athens) and Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes (editor, Radio 101, Zagreb).

The SEEMO Coordinators are: Albania – Frrok Cupi (director, Agon newspaper, Tirana), Bulgaria – Ognian Zlatev (director, Media Development Center, Sofia), Bosnia Herzegovina – Samra Luckin (director, BORAM, Sarajevo), Croatia – Ante Gavranovic (former president of the Croatian Journalists Association (HND), Zagreb and of Croatian Publishers Association, Zagreb), Greece – Jorgos Papadakis, Moldova – Alina Radu (director, Ziarul de Garda newspaper, Chisinau), Romania – Marina Constantinoiu (editor-in- chief, Jurnalul National, Bucharest), Serbia – Veran Matic (editor-in-chief, Radio TV B92, Belgrade), Montenegro – Zeljko Ivanovic (director, Vijesti daily, Podgorica), Kosovo – Haqif Mulliqi (RTV Kosovo, Pristina), Ukraine – Aleksey Soldatenko (Programmes Director, International Institute for Regional Media and Information, Kharkiv).

The SEEMO Ethical Committee includes: Danko Plevnik (commentator, Slobodna Dalmacija daily,Split – Karlovac).

The SEEMO Advisers are: Hari Stajner (former director Media Center, Belgrade), Boro Kontic (director, Media Centar, Sarajevo), Donika Shahini (OSCE Media Department, Pristina) and Mitja Mersol (former editor-in-chief, Delo daily, Ljubljana).