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South East Europe Media Forum 2016 Belgrade

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The X South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) will take place on 21-22 November in Belgrade, Serbia. It is expected for over 400 participants from SEEMO region to join the opening of the X SEEMF, followed by a welcome address by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Opening Speeches will be by Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Radomir Licina, Board member, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), , Christian Spahr, Head of the Media Program South East Europe, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Sofia, Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Offices in Serbia and Montenegro, Philippe Guex, Ambassador of Switzerland to Serbia and to Montenegro, Andrea Orizio, Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, Secretary General, Central European Initiative (CEI), Trieste.

The event is organized by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in cooperation with the Media Program South East Europe of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Central European Initiative (CEI), and in partnership with Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Serbia, Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), South East and Central Europe PR Organisation and International Institute - International Media Center.

The main topics of the two-day forum will be: “Media in Europe: Ready for crisis reporting?” “Media business today – in the context of international crises and conflicts”

Secretary General of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri stated: "Our region is facing one of the most severe crisis in its history, i.e. the refugee and migrant crisis, involving also a number of CEI Member States. In this context, the media coverage of migration is a big challenge for journalists and media outlets. This year's South East Europe Media Forum is addressing this very issue providing a remarkable opportunity to all involved actors. It is in line with its traditional goal to promote professional reporting and quality information as well as to support freedom of the press and media ethics."

Christian Spahr, head of the Media program for South East Europe in the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung foundation said: "Europe is challenged by many crises - economy, migration and global pressure on democracy and open societies. Good journalism is crucial for citizens in South East Europe to make conscious political choices. The South East Europe Media Forum brings all relevant media stakeholders together to discuss how media can do an impartial and professional job. SEEMF plays an important role to assess the relationship between media and politics."

The X SEEMF will also the occasion to present the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The 2016 winners are Lindita Cela from BIRN Albania in the section for Professional Journalists and Artsiom Harbatsevich from Belarus, who won in the category “Young Journalist”. A special mention went to Iurie Sanduta from Moldova, thanks to his investigative work for RISE Moldova and OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project) in Chisinau.

The introduction session will be devoted to the media in Serbia and their relationship to politics, offering the panellists an opportunity to tackle issues such as role of the state, ownership structure, market forces and journalism. After the discussion by media professionals and renewed journalists, the participants will be greeted by Franco Frattini, Former Italian Foreign Minister and EU Vice President Commissioner. The Concluding address will be by Roksanda Nincic, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Belgrade and Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI).

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Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb

South East Europe Media Forum opens in Bucharest

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BUCHAREST, Nov 5, 2015 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is pleased to announce today's opening of the IX South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), bringing together regional media CEOs, editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals and governmental and NGO representatives to discuss the topic “Media in South East Europe – the Struggle for Success on the Web”.
The forum runs from Nov. 5 to 6 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Bucharest, Romania.

SEEMO is an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) and works in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Central European Initiative (CEI), the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO), the International Academy (IA) and the International Academy – International Media Center (IA-IMC).

Welcome speeches to open the forum will be delivered by Margot Klestil-Löffler, alternate CEI Secretary General; Sven-Joachim Irmer, head of the KAS Offices in Romania and Moldova; Christian Spahr, head of the Media Program South East Europe at KAS; Marina Constantinoiu, president of SEEMO Romania; and Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.

A welcome address by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis will be presented by presidential counsellor Laurentiu Stefan, while a welcome of the Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, will be presented by Alexandru Ene, CEI coordinator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are meeting in Romania in a period when many political things are happening in this country,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic noted. “It is important that the media, especially in days like these, respect professional standards. Such standards will be one of the topics discussed during SEEMF, especially in the introduction panel during which leading Romanian media representatives will speak about the media situation in the country.”

Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, CEI secretary general, commented in relation to this year’s SEEMF: “The European perspective of its Member States is the core mission of the CEI. That's why we are committed to supporting the non-EU CEI countries in order to come closer to EU standards in terms of media legislation, digitalisation, public broadcasting, free movement of journalists and quality journalism. The SEEMF offers an exceptional platform to tackle these key issues!”

Christian Spahr, head of the Media Program South East Europe at KAS, added: “The South East Europe Media Forum fosters the topical professional exchange between journalists, media, experts and politicians on an international level. It is a great encouragement for the development of an independent media landscape. For this reason, the KAS Media Programme South East Europe is pleased to be a co-organiser of this biggest annual meeting of media professionals in the region.”

Joining the opening panel on the situation of press and media freedom in Romania will be Adrian Ursu, editorial director at Intact Media Group; Dan Tapalaga, editor and coordinator at Hotnews; Denise Rifai, presenter at Realitatea TV; Mihai Radulescu, presenter at TVR Romanian Television; Ion M. Ionita, senior editor at daily Adevarul; and Ioana Avadani, executive manager at the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ).

During the event, Freedom House Romania and KAS will present the award “The Young Journalist of the Year 2015” (TJA) as well as the annual CEI-SEEMO investigative journalism award.

The forum will also include the following discussions:

-“News content - competition on the Web. Who can cash in on it, and what kind of regulation is necessary?”

-“Future of the media business - the vision of CEOs and directors. Which directions are media landscapes taking in Southern and Eastern Europe?”

-“Journalists and their audience - a new relationship. Is a true dialogue through the Internet possible, and how can it be successful?”

-“Innovative business models in times of change and crisis. How can traditional media survive and start-ups become prosperous?”

The annual Commission on Media Policy will follow SEEMF on Nov. 7. The event is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig, the Media Foundation of the Leipzig Sparkasse and the European Commission. During the event, the annual Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding will be presented to Radomir Licina, co-founder of the Serbian dailyDanas, and the International Academy. The latter, a sister organisation of SEEMO, will be holding a press conference about persons with disabilities and the media on Dec. 4 and 5 in Belgrade.

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Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb

Competition, Ownership, Old and New Media 5 and 6 November 2015 Bucharest, Romania

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Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb
Ime i prezime predavačaMatija Babić Founder
Index.hr, Zagreb

South East Europe Media Forum Skopje 2014

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Premier media event in South East Europe to unite media, civil society, academia and business from across region.

VIENNA, 10 October 2014 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Central European Initiative (CEI) announce the VIII South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), to be held 16-18 October 2014 in Skopje.

VIII SEEMF is being organised in partnership with UNESCO, the European Commission, International Academy - International Media Center (IA-IMC) and South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO); and in cooperation with the South East European Network for the Professionalization of Media (SEENPM), Macedonian Institute for Media, Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM/ZNM), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe (COE), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) and the M6 Education Center in Skopje.

The event will bring together media CEOs, editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals, CEOs from companies active in South East and Central Europe, representatives of marketing and public relations agencies, civil society representatives, academics and representatives of state institutions from South, East and Central Europe.

The theme of this year's SEEMF is "Media in South East Europe: Not enough or too much information?". Discussions will cover the right to access information, data journalism, privacy and the protection of sources, self-regulation and standards of quality reporting. A session will also be dedicated to opinion making in times of conflict and will discuss the lessons of the media war in Ukraine.

"The CEI is committed to respond to the need of safeguarding media freedom and freedom of expression in the EU and across Europe. This is why we sponsor activities such as the South East Europe Media Forum and the Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism" said Ambassador Giovanni Caracciolo, CEI Secretary General. "This year, the Forum also includes a session on Ukraine, which shows our attention to media developments related to crisis situations in the region".

Christian Spahr, head of KAS Media Program South East Europe added: "Nowadays, citizens and journalists don't lack of information - they are overwhelmed with it. But the information they get is often incomplete and biased. In times of conflict and political transition, we need to debate whether media inform or misinform. The South East Europe Media Forum takes it as its mission to gather all relevant stakeholders."

Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, further noted: "SEEMF is the leading annual media event in South, East and Central Europe. We bring together every year several hundred media representatives and the event also serves to support the media, professional reporting, press freedom and journalism in the host country".

Nikola Poposki, minister of foreign affairs, will deliver the welcome address. Other keynote speakers will be Johann Wadephul, member of the German Bundestag and of the chamber's Foreign Affairs Committee and Danilo Türk, president of Slovenia from 2007-2012. Special remarks will be given by Erhard Busek, former vice-chancellor of Austria.

In addition, the annual CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism will be officially presented to this year's winners.

Several other key events are being organised around SEEMF. UNESCO, together with the Macedonian Institute for Media, will host an event to present the new press council in the host country and discuss the perspectives and challenges for this media self-regulatory body, the youngest in the region. On Oct. 15 and 16, IPI, together with the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), will lead an experts seminar on defamation for journalists and lawyers in the host country. Following SEEMF, the Safety Net for European Journalists will conduct a roundtable discussion on way in which censorship disguises itself in countries considered to have a free press.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, SEEMO will organise the annual Commission on Media Policy, with this year's topic "Strengthening the Press under Pressure of War and Repression". The Commission, which was founded by former US president Jimmy Carter in 1990, will be co-chaired by Ellen Mickiewicz, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University and former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Busek. During the Commission, SEEMO will present a special diploma as part of the Dr. Erhard Busek/SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe to Nenad Sebek, spokesperson of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).

Apart from working sessions, SEEMF offers a unique opportunity to meet leading professionals for an open discussion about media, press freedom, marketing, business and new media in South East and Central Europe.

About SEEMF VIII

Working languages: English, German, Macedonian and Ukrainian

Date: 16, 17 and 18 October 2014

The South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) is a joint project by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). The first SEEMF was held in 2007 in Zagreb.

Follow SEEMF and the Commission on Media Policy on Twitter: @SEEMF_MEDIA

For more information and registration please contact: info@seemo.org, media.europe@kas.de, press@cei.int, mim@mim.org.mk, contact@znm.org.mk .

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Holiday Inn Hotel, Mosa Pijade 2, Skopje

Venue for Commission on 18 October: M6 Educational Centre, 810 Street, Skopje.

SEEMO Commission on Media Policy 2014

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