March 7, 2009, Tirana – UNESCO launched a two-year project to increase media accountability in South-East European countries. The main objectives of the project are to develop self-regulation tools and mechanisms, and to increase the awareness of self-regulation among media professionals and organizations in the region. The kick-off event, organized in collaboration with the Albanian Media Institute, took place from 6 to 7 March 2009 in Tirana, Albania.
The conference gathered 27 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. Participants included journalists, editors, journalism trainers, representatives of media centres and unions of journalists, media researchers, experts in media ethics and self-regulation, representatives of press councils, media councils, councils of honour and other branch organizations, as well as active readers’ representatives and newsroom ombudspersons.
The project, which is supported by the European Commission, is planned for two years. During that period a large number of roundtables, seminars and international meetings will take place. The local roundtable events in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will be coordinated by the South East European Network for Professioanlization of Media.
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