X South East Europe Media Forum held in Belgrade
More than 300 participants - editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals, civil society and academia as well as policy makers - attended this year’s South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Belgrade on 21-22 November.
Co-hosted by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the CEI, the Forum focused on "Media in Europe: Ready for crisis reporting?”.The agenda covered current affairs such as the media and politics in Serbia, the refugee crisis as a touch-stone for professional journalism and new trends in war reporting. A session was dedicated to journalism education in South East Europe.
Opening speeches were delivered by Oliver Vujović SEEMO Secretary General, Christian Spahr, Head of the KAS Media Program SEE, Philippe Guex, Ambassador of Switzerland to Serbia and to Montenegro, Andrea Orizio, Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.
In his welcome speech, CEI Secretary General Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri underlined that “this year’s Forum provides a significant opportunity for exchanging best practices of professional reporting on migration issues, encouraging investigative journalism and high ethical standards in this field, promoting a debate at various levels tackling the relationship between media and politics.”
The Forum was also attended by the Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, who participated in a public interview.
A keynote address was delivered by Franco Frattini, Former Italian Foreign Minister and EU Vice President/Commissioner, who pointed out that in the current international scenario the role of media was most important and difficult than ever. He emphasised that the right to truth and to knowledge should be guaranteed and that more education in geopolitical strategies for journalism students should be promoted.
Ambassador at large, Jelena Elčija from the MFA of Bosnia and Herzegovina, attended the closing session on behalf of the BiH CEI Presidency 2016.
Outstanding speakers contributed to the panel discussions sharing their experiences and practices, which encouraged a lively and active participation of the audience.
The SEEMF programme also included the presentation of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism to Lindita Çela (BIRN Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists” and Artsiom Harbatsevich (Intex-press; Nasha Niva, Minsk) in the section “Young Journalists”. A special mention was presented to Iurie Sănduță (RISE Moldova; OCCRP, Chișinău).
The SEEMF is a CEI Feature Event co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund.
- Agenda available here
PH. CREDIT: KAS SEE