Ukraine: Dialogue instead of Monologue, in cooperation with SEEMO, 29 March 2017, Vienna, Austria

Wednesday, March 29 at 7 PM - 8 PM
Republikanischer Club; Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Wien, Österreich

A solution for the conflict in Ukraine is not to be seen anywhere. While the Trilateral Contact Group is painfully struggling for at least some progress in their negotiations, the humanitarian situation of the people is dramatic – particularly in the areas near to the contact line in Eastern Ukraine. Aides and OSCE observers on the ground are under pressure, as are journalists and artists. The rivalling political narratives present a picture of several monologues competing with each other rather than a sorely needed dialogue about the living and working conditions of the groups mentioned, as well as the ideological differences within Ukrainian society.
The Austrian Platform for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine is an alliance committed to a large number of dialogue supporting initiatives in Ukraine. They are to be implemented in 2017 – the year of the Austrian OSCE presidency – with a view to long-term effects. The panel discussion will give information about the projects envisaged and show existing and future possibilities for dialogue and conflict resolution in Ukraine. The discussion will be held in English

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 7.00 p.m.
Venue Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Vienna
Yevgenia Belorusets:
Artist, author and photographer, Kiev/Kyiv (Belorusets Yevgenia)

Gudrun Gusel:
Manager of Foreign Aid Caritas, Vienna (CaritasVienna)

Roman Koval:
Mediator, director of the Institute for Peace and Common Ground, Kiev/Kyiv (Інститут миру і порозуміння)

Oliver Vujović:
Journalist, general secretary of SEEMO (South East Europe Media Organisation), Vienna (Seemo)

Hannes Swoboda:
MEP ret., president of the International Institute for Peace, Vienna

Please register: Claudia Hofer, hofer@aspr.ac.at

In cooperation with
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Friedensburg Schlaining)
Die Grüne Bildungswerkstatt (Grüne Bildungswerkstatt)
Herbert C. Kelman Institute (http://kelmaninstitute.org/)
Gesellschaft für Eurasische Studien
Karl Renner Institute (Karl-Renner-Institut)
tranzit.at (tranzit.at)

Journalism Festival Perugia, Panel: Press freedom in south-east Europe, in cooperation with SEEMO, 5 April 2017, Perugia, Italy

Wednesday, April 05 at 15:45 - 17:15
Hotel Brufani - Sala Raffaelo, Perugia

Press freedom in south-east Europe

In the first two months of 2017 the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) published more than 35 reactions and protest letters connected to press freedom violations in the SEEMO region. Strong censorship by states, self-censorship, pressure by advertisers, intimidation, threats, physical attacks, journalists in jail, police protection for journalists, but also pressure by business people, politicians and religious groups are part of the daily life of a journalist in south-east and central Europe.
The speakers will be Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, editor of the weekly Nacional which is famous for revealing corruption in Croatia, Besar Likmeta, an Albanian investigative journalist who was brutally attacked by a member of the Albanian Parliament during an interview, and Ukrainian Anna Babinets, who participated as a journalist in an investigation known as YanukovychLeaks, and also in the Panama Papers project. Barbara Fabro from the Central European Initiative (CEI) will focus on supporting investigative journalism in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Moderator: Oliver Vujovic from SEEMO. Organized in association with SEEMO and CEI.

DW Global Media Forum: Eastern identities and Russia’s expanding influence on its neighbors hosted by Deutsche Welle, Panel with SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic, 20 June 2017, Bonn, Germany

Thursday, June 20

Eastern identities and Russia’s expanding influence on its neighbors hosted by Deutsche Welle

Moscow is trying to expand its influence on Eastern Europe by influencing the media, the policy and the civil society of several nations around Russia. While the right wing movement in European countries like Slovakia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic reaches out to the Kremlin and claims a turning away from the West, there are also countries like Ukraine that are unwantedly affected by the hard lines of Russian policy. The Polish President Andrzej Duda criticized NATO for treating Poland like a buffer zone between Russia and Germany. The panel discusses the identity formation of Eastern European countries and Slavic Nations. Is there a heritage of the "Eastern Identity", that all countries of Eastern Europe have in common and what was apart from its geographical point of reference the generalized social marker in European identity formation process? How does the Kremlin influence national policies and cultures of Eastern European countries?

Oliver Vujovic
Zhanna Nemtsova - Journalist, Deutsche Welle, Germany

More on: http://www.dw.com/en/eastern-identities-and-russias-expanding-influence-on-its-neighbors/a-38278263

Conference Public Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with SEEMO, Sarajevo, 13-14 June, 2017, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday 13 June 2017

The Bosnia and Herzegovina public service broadcaster (BHRT), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist association, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)call on Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities to undertake urgent measures to save national public service media (PSM) in BiH.

The above mentioned organisations urge BiH authorities to ensure political consensus about the importance of existing independent and professional national PSM in BiH, to find sustainable solutions for the funding of PSM, to undertake immediate amendments of the existing legislation and support the national public broadcaster as a factor for promoting and reinforcing democracy, European standards, ethnic tolerance and social cohesion.

The signatories of this statement in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media, are organizing a conference on "National Public Service Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina" on 13 June in Sarajevo. The event will summon representatives of media, parliament, government, BiH authorities, representatives of international organizations, institutions and embassies, and experts to discuss possible solutions for the crisis and ensure proper implementation of Council of Europe and European Union's standards. The participants will discuss the existing challenges and limits, share experiences and best practices of national and ethnic PSM in Europe and assess the need for legal changes, systemic changes and the request for the Croatian channel.

Key speakers will be Nils Muižnieks, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights and Ingrid Deltenre, EBU Director General.

BHRT will host the conference in one of its studios.

Tuesday 13 June 2017


Tuesday 13 June 2017

09:00-09:15 Welcome addresses
Mr Denis Zvizdić, President of Council of Ministers of BiH
Mrs Dejana Radovanović Šarenac, President of BHRT Supervisory Board
Key notes speeches:
Mr Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union
09:45-10:00 Coffee

Panel 1:

10:00-11:00 Challenges for public service media in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Financial, legal, ethnic, political challenges for PSM in BiH; remit; role for democracy; role for social cohesion; European standards
Chair: Borka Rudić
Panelists: Mr Belmin Karamehmedović, Director General of BHRT, Mr Frane Maroević, Director of OSCE RoFM, Paco Audije, Member of the Broadcasting Expert Group at the European Federation of Journalists, Mr Predrag Kovač, Director of CRA Discussion

Panel 2

11:00-12:30 Urgent help for BHRT
Political will; Financial help; Audience support to BHRT
Chair: Mufid Memija
Panelists: Momčilo Novaković, MP, Sead Kadić, MP, Nikola Lovrinović, MP, Mr Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of Council of Ministers of BiH, Ismir Jusko, Minister of Transport & Communications, Mr Marko Filli, Member of the EBU Executive Board, Oliver Vujović, Secretary General of South East Europe Media Organisation SEEMO
12:30-13:30 Lunch

Panel 3

13:30-14:30 Current political setting for public service media
CoE standards on minorities and their representation in media; experience of constitutional nations and minorities; Swiss model; Spanish model
Chair: Borka Rudić
Panelists: Mr Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the EBU, Dr Juan Barata Mir, international expert on freedom of expression and media regulation, Fellow at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights, Germany
14:30-15:00 Special session with Tanja Fajon, Member of European Parliament
Chair: Boris Bergant
15:00-15:30 Coffee

Panel 4

15:30-17:00 Sustainability of PSM system in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Changes of the system; Legal changes; Croatian channel
Chair: Mr Boris Bergant, EBU
Panelists: Ivan Vukoja, representative of HNS, Mr Belmin Karamehmedović, Director General BHRT, Mr Džemal Šabić, Director General of RTVFBiH, Mr Draško Milinović, Director General of RTRS, Patrick Penninckx, Council of Europe Head of Information Society Department, Dunja Mijatović, Former OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media

Panel 5

16:30-17:30 Conclusions
Wednesday 14 June 2017
Panel 5
09:00-11:30 Proposals for PSM in BiH
Chair: Mr Boris Bergant, European Broadcasting Union
Panelists: EBU, CoE, EFJ, OSCE, BHRT, SEEMO,
11:30-11:45 Coffee

Panel 6

11:45-12:30 Conclusions

SEEMO Missions, Visits and Meetings

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