Speak Up! Conference
Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey - 6 May 2011, Brussels
The "Speak Up!" conference on Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey brought together over 400 media professionals from the region and the European Union to address one of the fundamental challenges facing any country, that of ensuring freedom of expression and of the media. The conference was held in the context of increasing concerns over a worrying situation in this field in a number of countries in the region.
The conference clearly demonstrated the value that could be created when journalists, their organisations, media experts from the European Union and the enlargement countries are brought together. It has helped deepen existing contacts and create new ones.
Two years later, it is time to take stock of the results achieved and define the way forward. Speak Up! 2 conference, on 20 June 2013, will bring together journalists, media analysts, decision makers from enlargement countries, authorities and experts from international, regional and national organisations dealing with freedom of expression and media issues to discuss achievements and remaining challenges.