South East European Media Observatory

(European Commission, 01. 12. 2012. – 31. 01. 2015. (Phase I); 01. 02. 2015. – 30. 11. 2016. (Phase II))

South East European Media Observatory – Building Capacities and coalitions for Media Integrity Monitoring and Advancing Media Reforms,” is a regional partnership of civil society organisations aimed at enhancing media freedom and pluralism, and influencing media reforms in the countries of South East Europe.

Project partners are: Albanian Media Institute (Albania); Media and Civil Society Development Foundation „Mediacentar” (B&H); Investigative Journalism Center (Croatia), Center for Independent Journalism (Hungary), Press Council of Kosovo (Kosovo*), Macedonian Institute for Media (Macedonia), Montenegro Media Institute (Montenegro), Novi Sad School of Journalism (Serbia), Peace Institute (Slovenia) and P24 – Platform for Independent Journalism (Turkey).

The overall objective of this project is to empower and encourage the dynamism of civil society in the region to participate in public debates on media and freedom of expression and influence the decision-making processes, policies and laws.

It addresses obstacles to democratic development of media systems by providing a regional instrument for media research and monitoring, support to investigative journalism and civil society engagement. It also offers a regional framework for debates, consultations and coalitions among key stakeholders.

Media Observatory particularly addresses the problems with integrity of media and journalism in the region, focusing on harmful patterns of media ownership and media finances.

In 2013 and 2014 the regional observatory activities were focused on media integrity in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia.

In 2015 and 2016, its core activities are focused on media systems in the EU-enlargement countries.

The project is funded by The European Union Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA); Civil Society Facility programme (CSF)

Project Coordinator of the NSSJ: Jelena Jovović, jelena@novinarska-skola.org.rs.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

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