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Call for the 2017 Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding

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Vienna, 10 July 2017.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), calls for nominations for the 2017 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded EUR 3,000.

The award is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2017 noon Central European Time. All application materials must be received by the deadline.

Should you wish to nominate a candidate for the 2017 Dr. Erhard BusekSEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe,please send the following materials :

1. Letter of nomination with basic details about the candidate and the reasons why you would like to nominate them, in English by email and registered post;

2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate, in English, by email and registered post;

3. Additional materials: please include a list of the candidate's merits; information about the media outlet(s) that have published and/or broadcast the candidate's work; relevant material, including copies of articles, TV, video or radio material on a USB-stick.

Video, audio and print material in local languages should be accompanied by a short synopsis in English. If materials are available online, please send a document that lists the relevant links as supporting material. Additional materials MUST be sent as hard copies by registered post only, not by email.

Unfortunately, additional materials cannot be returned. Please make sure to send copies rather than original material.

4. Your contact information: name; address; cell phone, phone and fax number; email address, by email and registered post;

5. Candidate's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address,by email and registered post;

6. If you would like to nominate a media outlet, an organisation or an institution, please include details about the person who would accept the award on its behalf, by email and registered post;

7. If your nomination is supported by an organisation or a media outlet, please send us the name, email and phone of a contact person from the institution supporting your nomination and a short supporting letter, by email and registered post;

8. If your nomination is supported by an individual or individuals, please send us their details, contact information (email, phone) and a short supporting letter, by email and registered post.

Materials listed in points 1, 2 and 4-8 should be sent by both email to info@seemo.org, and by registered post to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria. Documents and materials under point 3 should be sent ONLY by registered post to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria:

For BUSEK AWARD South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) (IPI office) Spiegelgasse 2 / 29 1010 Vienna Austria

The candidates must come from, work in or cover the following geographic area (SEEMO region): Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia / FYROM), Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The winner will be chosen by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts. Members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award.

An official press release in November 2017 will announce the winner.

The award will be presented on 29 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria by Dr. Erhard Busek during the annual meeting of the Commission on Media Policy. The winner will be invited to the presentation. Travel expenses of the winner will be covered by SEEMO.

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

Erol Onderoglu, journalist and press freedom worker, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

Nenad Šebek (Greece) 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";

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

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 write to info@seemo.org

Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2016 Award

Erol Onderoglu is the announced winner of the 2016 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe

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The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of journalists, editors-in-chief and media experts from the region, has announced that Turkish journalist Erol Onderoglu is this year’s winner of the 2016 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in SEE.

An international jury chose Onderoglu as winner based on his exceptional contributions in the sphere of investigative journalism, critical reporting and better understanding in Turkey and throughout the South East Europe region.

For more than 15 years, Erol Onderoglu has written for Bianet news portal and Reporters without Borders (RWB) on topics related to freedom of expression and press freedom. In 2015, he was elected IFEX Council member. On 20 June 2016, he was arrested with Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and Ahmet Nesin, journalist and writer. The three were charged with “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a solidarity campaign in support of the proKurdish Turkish daily, Özgür Gündem (Free Agenda), in which journalists and activists guest-edit the newspaper on a daily basis to protest its persistent harassment by judicial authorities. He was released on 30 June 2016, but that charges against him remain. Currently he is a Rapporteur for IPS Communication Foundation within the Bianet project (bianet.org) where he publishes quarterly Media Monitoring Reports on press freedom breaches in Turkey and as RWB’s Turkey Representative.

The award, which carries a cash prize of €3,000, is scheduled to be presented on 23 November 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia by Dr. Erhard Busek, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and CentralEurope (IDM). Onderoglu will receive the award during the annual Commission on Media policy meeting, consisting of regular members and colleagues that meet each year following the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF).

The previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award include:

- 2015: the awar was presented to Radomir Licina, co-founder of the Serbian daily Danas, and to the Belgrade NGO International Academy.

- 2014: – Zeljka Lekic-Subasic, head of the Eurovision News Exchange for South East Europe (ERNO). In addition, Nenad Sebek, spokesman for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has been honoured with a special Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Diploma for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

- 2012: Jeta Xharra (Kosovo), director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) as well as a presenter and the editor-in-chief of "Life in Kosovo", Pristina

- 2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List.

- 2010: 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.

- 2009: 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.

- 2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia.

- 2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria.

- 2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija

- 2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

- 2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje.

- 2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

CALL FOR THE BUSEK SEEMO AWARD 2016

Vienna, 21 April 2016

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), calls for nominations for the 2016 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded EUR 3,000.

The award is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2016 noon Central European Time. All application materials must be received by email and registered post at the SEEMO office by the deadline.

Should you wish to nominate a candidate for the 2016 Dr. Erhard BusekSEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe, please send the following materials :

1. Letter of nomination with basic details about the candidate and the reasons why you would like to nominate them, in English by email and registered post; 2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate, in English, by email and registered post;

3. Additional materials: please include a list of the candidate's merits; information about the media outlet(s) that have published and/or broadcast the candidate's work; relevant material, including copies of articles, TV, video or radio material on a USB-stick.

Video, audio and print material in local languages should be accompanied by a short synopsis in English. If materials are available online, please send a document that lists the relevant links as supporting material. Additional materials MUST be sent as hard copies by registered post only, not by email.

Unfortunately, additional materials cannot be returned. Please make sure to send copies rather than original material.

4. Your contact information: name; address; cell phone, phone and fax number; email address, by email and registered post;

5. Candidate's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address,by email and registered post; 6. If you would like to nominate a media outlet, an organisation or an institution, please include details about the person who would accept the award on its behalf, by email and registered post;

7. If your nomination is supported by an organisation or a media outlet, please send us the name, email and phone of a contact person from the institution supporting your nomination and a short supporting letter, by email and registered post;

8. If your nomination is supported by an individual or individuals, please send us their details, contact information (email, phone) and a short supporting letter, by email and registered post.

Materials listed in points 1, 2 and 4-8 should be sent by both email to award@seemo.org, and by registered post to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria. Documents and materials under point 3 should be sent ONLY by registered post to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria:

Ms. Anna Schmidt - for BUSEK AWARD South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) (IPI office) Spiegelgasse 2 / 29 1010 Vienna Austria

The candidates must come from, work in or cover the following geographic area (SEEMO region): Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia / FYROM), Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The winner will be chosen by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts. Members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award.

An official press release in November 2016 will announce the winner.

The award will be presented on 23 November 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia, by Dr. Erhard Busek during the annual meeting of the Commission on Media Policy. The winner will be invited to the presentation. Travel expenses of the winner will be covered.

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

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

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

Nenad Šebek (Greece) 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";

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

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 write to award@seemo.org

Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2014 Award

2014 Busek-SEEMO Award winners announced

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Željka Lekić-Subašić and Nenad Šebek honoured for contribution to better understanding in South East Europe.

VIENNA, 19 September 2014 - The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has announced that Željka Lekić-Subašić, head of the Eurovision News Exchange for South East Europe (ERNO), is the winner of the 2014 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

In addition, Nenad Šebek, spokesman for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has been honoured with a special Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Diploma for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

The SEEMO jury chose Lekić-Subašić and Šebek for the awards based on their outstanding contribution to the process of democratisation and better understanding in South East Europe.

The award to Lekić-Subašić, which carries a cash prize of €2,000, is scheduled to be presented on 23 September 2014 in Bucharest, while the diploma-award to Šebek, which carries a cash prize of €1,500, is scheduled to be presented on 18 October 2014 in Skopje by Dr. Erhard Busek, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe.

The Winners

Željka Lekić-Subašić is the Head of ERNO (Eurovision News Exchange for Southeast Europe) Coordination Office in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She coordinates a daily exchange of political, economic and cultural news stories and documentary exchange/co-production among eleven Public Broadcasting Services from Southeast Europe, and she covers news stories from the region for all 74 European Broadcasting Union members. With her team in ERNO Coordination Office, she also coordinates the exchange of documentary programs, co productions of feature stories and short documentary movies, including the movies Women Trafficking (2005) and Cultural Heritage in Southeast Europe (2009), and organizes workshops and training for media staff from Public Broadcasting Services in the region. She is a professional TV journalists and producer for 20 years. She started to work during the war in her hometown Sarajevo. She works at the current position since 2001, while before she had worked for several radio and TV stations in BIH. Her TV reports made for Bosnian TV station OBN have been broadcast by “CNN World Report”, CNN International. Since 2010 she also teaches at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Department for Political Science and International Relations. She holds a PhD degree from the London Metropolitan University on the subject of media and international politics,.

Nenad Šebek has been spokesman for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC www.rcc.int) since June 2014. Prior to this, he was executive director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) for 12 years, developing and working on a wide variety of programmes, from the Joint History Project to the regional television talk show “Vicinities”. Šebek spent 26 years as a journalist, starting at Radio Belgrade and moving on to the BBC. He was Balkans and then Moscow correspondent for "The World" (a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH in Boston). He covered the Balkans through the tumultuous 1990s, working first for the BBC and then "The World".

Nenad Šebek has been spokesman for the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC www.rcc.int) since June 2014. Prior to this, he was executive director of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) for 12 years, developing and working on a wide variety of programmes, from the Joint History Project to the regional television talk show “Vicinities”. Šebek spent 26 years as a journalist, starting at Radio Belgrade and moving on to the BBC. He was Balkans and then Moscow correspondent for "The World" (a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH in Boston). He covered the Balkans through the tumultuous 1990s, working first for the BBC and then "The World".

The Award

The Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe honours journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, professors, writers and journalism trainers in South East Europe who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and who have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia etc.

The award is sponsored by Erhard Busek, who is also former vice-chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), and former special coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

Previous winners of the award include
2012: Jeta Xharra (Kosovo), director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) as well as a presenter and the editor-in-chief of "Life in Kosovo", Pristina

2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List.

2010: 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.

2009: 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.

2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia.

2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria.

2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija,

2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje.

2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2015 Award

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Presentation of the Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in 2015 to Radomir Licina form the daily Danas for his life's work in journalism and press freedom

The annual 2015 Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding was presented on 7 November 2015 in Bucharest, Romania, to Radomir Licina, co-founder of the Serbian daily Danas, and the Belgrade NGO International Academy. The latter, a sister organisation of SEEMO, will be holding a regional conference about persons with disabilities and the media on 4 and 5 December 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2011 Award

Jeta Xharra wins 2012 Dr. Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding

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The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has announced that Kosovo journalist Jeta Xharra is the winner of the 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe. A 10-member international jury chose Xharra for the award based on her outstanding contribution to the process of democratization and better understanding in South East Europe. The award, which carries a cash prize of €3,000, is scheduled to be presented on 16 November 2012 in Vienna by Dr. Erhard Busek, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, and by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary general.


The Winner
Since 2005, Xharra has been the Kosovo director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) as well as a presenter on, and the editor-in-chief of, "Life in Kosovo", which combines investigative journalism and discussions. Kosovo’s most-watched television current affairs program, "Life in Kosovo" is shown weekly on public broadcaster Radio Television Kosovo and has pushed the boundaries of debate, holding authorities to account and opening discussion on previously-taboo subjects. BIRN Kosovo has 70 staff members and contributors throughout Kosovo. BIRN produces English-language publications, such as Balkan Insight and Prishtina Insight, as well as broadcast programs and print publications in local languages, including "Life in Kosovo”, the newsletter Justice in Kosovo and reports from BIRN’s Courts Monitoring Project. Xharra started her journalistic career as a fixer/local producer for the BBC News and Channel 4 in 1998, and later became the manager of the BBC Kosovo Bureau. In 1999, she worked for the BBC News in Albania and Macedonia. In 2003 she opened the Kosovo office of the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Xharra has lived most of her life in Pristina, Kosovo, where she attended school and university. She studied drama at the Academy of Arts in Kosovo. She also lived in London, where she obtained a master’s degree in War Studies at King's College in 2000 and a master’s degree with distinction in Screenwriting from the London College of Printing in 2002. In London, Xharra wrote the play "Warless," which was presented as a reading at London's Royal Court Theatre during the Young Writer's Festival in 2004. She also contributed to different publications in the United Kingdom, including the Independent, the Economist, Sunday Telegraph and Jane's Intelligence Review. While in the United Kingdom, Xharra worked for the Foreign News Planning Desk at the BBC World Service and for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

The Award
The Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe honours journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers and journalism trainers in South East Europe who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and who have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia etc. The award is sponsored by Busek, who is also former vice-chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), and former special coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

Previous winners of the award include:
2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List. 2010: 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. 2009: 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. 2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia. 2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria. 2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija, 2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje. 2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

Last week for Nominations for 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe

The Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe honours journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers and journalism trainers in South East Europe who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and who have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia etc.

The award is sponsored by Busek, who is also former vice-chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, president of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), and former special coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

revious winners of the award include:
2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List. 2010: 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. 2009: 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. 2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia. 2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria. 2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija, 2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje. 2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

Last week for Nominations for 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls for nominations for the 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South East Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded 3,000 Euros.

The award is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), and Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2012. All material must arrive at the SEEMO office by 31 May 2012.

Should you wish to nominate a candidate for the 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2012 Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe, please send SEEMO the following information:

1. Letter of nomination with basic details about the candidate and the reasons why you propose the specific candidate. 2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate. 3. Supporting material: a list of the candidate's merits, information about the media which published and/or broadcast the candidate's work; any other relevant material. 4. Your contact information: name; address; cell phone, phone and fax number; email address. 5. Candidate's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address.

If you would like to nominate a media outlet, an organisation or an institution, please include details about the person who would represent the organisation. The award is presented only to individuals.

If your nomination is supported by an organisation or a media outlet, please send us the name of a contact person from the institution supporting your nomination.

If your nomination is supported by another individual or individuals, please send us their details and contact information.

Please send the supporting material to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria. TV reports should be on DVD, audio reports on CD, while candidatures for print media representatives should include copies of articles. If possible, video, audio and print material in local languages should be accompanied by a brief translation into English. Unfortunately, supporting material cannot be returned. Please make sure to send us copies rather than original material.
The candidates must come from or work in the geographic area covered by SEEMO: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Republic of Macedonia / FYROM, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
The winner will be chosen by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts. Members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award. Self-nominations are not acceptable.

An official press release will announce the winner.

The award will be presented on 16 November 2012 in Vienna, Austria, by Dr. Erhard Busek and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. The winner will be invited to the presentation. All travel expenses will be covered.

Please send your nomination and supporting material to:
SEEMO/IPI Busek Award 2011 Spiegelgasse 2/29 1010 Vienna, Austria E-mail: basis@seemo.org For more information: Tel: +43 1 513 39 40 Fax: +43 1 512 90 15 E-mail: basis@seemo.org

Previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe are:
2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List. 2010: 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. 2009: 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. 2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia. 2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria. 2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija, 2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje. 2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

Nominations Reminder: CEI SEEMO 2012 Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism



The Central European Initiative (CEI), in cooperation with the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has launched a Call for Proposals for the 2012 Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The application deadline is June 30, 2012.

The award is open to nationals of 18 CEI Member States (Albania; Austria; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; the Czech Republic; Hungary; Italy; Macedonia; Moldova; Montenegro; Poland; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; and Ukraine) who have made a special contribution to investigative reporting in the past three years and are still active journalists.

The winning candidate will receive a cash prize of 5,000 EUR, offered by the CEI, which will be officially presented on the occasion of the South East Europe Media Forum to be held in Montenegro (Budva/Becici) on 15-16 October 2012.

The CEI SEEMO Award, established in 2008, honours journalists’ outstanding contribution

“We know the crucial role journalists and media have in ensuring that citizens have access to ideas and information; that is why we give an annual award for outstanding merits in investigative journalism,” said CEI Secretary General Gerhard Pfanzelter.

SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said: “Investigative journalists are important for democratic developments in each country in the CEI /SEEMO region”.
Previous award recipients were: Drago Hedl, Croatia (2008); Besar Likmeta, Albania (2009); Adrian Mogos, Romania (2010); and Wlodzmierz Kalicki, Poland (2011).

The Call for Proposals and Application Form is available at: www.ceinet.org / www.seemo.org



Call for Nominations for 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls for nominations for the 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South East Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded 3,000 Euros.

The award is sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Jean Monet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), and Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2012. All material must arrive at the SEEMO office by 31 May 2012.

Should you wish to nominate a candidate for the 2012 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2012 Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe, please send SEEMO the following information:

1. Letter of nomination with basic details about the candidate and the reasons why you propose the specific candidate.
2. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate.
3. Supporting material: a list of the candidate's merits, information about the media which published and/or broadcast the candidate's work; any other relevant material.
4. Your contact information: name; address; cell phone, phone and fax number; email address.
5. Candidate's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address.
If you would like to nominate a media outlet, an organisation or an institution, please include details about the person who would represent the organisation. The award is presented only to individuals.
If your nomination is supported by an organisation or a media outlet, please send us the name of a contact person from the institution supporting your nomination.
If your nomination is supported by another individual or individuals, please send us their details and contact information.
Please send the supporting material to the SEEMO office in Vienna, Austria. TV reports should be on DVD, audio reports on CD, while candidatures for print media representatives should include copies of articles. If possible, video, audio and print material in local languages should be accompanied by a brief translation into English. Unfortunately, supporting material cannot be returned. Please make sure to send us copies rather than original material.
The candidates must come from or work in the geographic area covered by SEEMO: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Republic of Macedonia / FYROM, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
The winner will be chosen by an international jury composed of distinguished journalists and media experts. Members of the jury cannot be nominated for the award. Self-nominations are not acceptable.
An official press release will announce the winner.
The award will be presented on 16 November 2012 in Vienna, Austria, by Dr. Erhard Busek and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. The winner will be invited to the presentation. All travel expenses will be covered.

Please send your nomination and supporting material to:

SEEMO/IPI Busek Award 2011 Spiegelgasse 2/29 1010 Vienna, Austria E-mail: basis@seemo.org

For more information:

Tel: +43 1 513 39 40
Fax: +43 1 512 90 15
E-mail: basis@seemo.org
Previous winners of the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe are:

2011: Drago Hedl, (Croatia) journalist, Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List.

2010: 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.

2009: 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.

2008: Brankica Stankovic (Serbia), author of the TV program Insajder, produced by B92 Television, Belgrade, Serbia.

2007: Milena Dimitrova (Bulgaria), columnist, Sofia-based daily Trud, Bulgaria.

2006: Danko Plevnik (Croatia), columnist, Split-based daily Slobodna Dalmacija,
2005: Brankica Petkovic (Slovenia), Head of the Center for Media Policy, Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2003: Kemal Kurspahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), former editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo-based daily Oslobodjenje.

2002: Denis Latin (Croatia) author of the TV program Latinica, Croatian Radio Television (HRT)

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