The annual Commission on Media Policy will be held on 23 November in Belgrade, Serbia, gathering over 60 Commission members and observers.
The topic of this year’s Commission on Media Policy will be “Is there a greater good in my good? Journalists roles and responsibilities”. The event will help assemble media experts, managers, editors-in-chief as well as journalists from over 35 countries throughout Central, Southeast and West Europe, as well as the US.
The welcoming address will be by Professor Ellen Mickiewicz, Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University, Erhard Busek, former Vice Chancellor of Austria, former Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South East Europe and current Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative and President of the Vienna IDM Institute, Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Vienna, Milorad Ivanovic, Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek Serbia, Belgrade and Henrik Kaufholz, from European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) , Leipzig.
During the sessions, Commission members will have a chance to discuss topics concerning the difficulties journalists face when reporting on parties that reject democratic principles and European traditions, try to explain as journalists the reasoning of voters choosing anti-democratic leaders, and press freedom issues in Europe.
The annual Dr. Erhard Busek – SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe will officially be presented to Erol Onderoglu, Turkish journalist, editor and human rights activist.
The Commission will bring together media practitioners, managers, and experts in both the public and private sectors to discuss alternatives for media policymaking, as well as the freedom, role, and future of the media in the world. The Commission was initiated by former US president Jimmy Carter in 1990. SEEMO has been organising and coordinating the event since 2013.
In addition to SEEMO, the partners of this year’s Commission on Media Policy are: European Center for Press and Media Freedom, European Commission, Newsweek Serbia, the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), the International Institute - International Media Center and Belgrade International Academy.
Speacial guset speaker will be Serbian Ombudsman Saša Janković
Conference Venue details
Crowne Plaza Belgrade, Mediteran&Adriatic,
Vladimira Popovica 10, Beograd 11070
Contacts: +43 1 513 39 40