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Speak Up! Conference

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.

Speak Up! Conference May 2011 – key documents

Programme & Participants

» Speak Up! Conference programmepdf(467 KB)

» List of Participantspdf(217 KB)

Conclusions & Recommendations by The Chair

» Speak Up! Conference Conclusions and Recommendations by the Chairpdf(166 KB)

Presentations & Speeches

» Speech: Opening speech by Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliamentpdf(15 KB)

» Speech: I’ve spoken up and saved my soul. Will I save my life?, by Veran Matic, B 92, Belgradepdf(979 KB)

» Presentation: Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey, with a special emphasis on Montenegro, by Zeljko Ivanovic, Vijesti, Podgoricappt8(3 MB)

» Speech: Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey, with a special emphasis on Montenegro, by Zeljko Ivanovic, Vijesti, Podgoricapdf(67 KB)

» Speech: How to Improve the freedom of expression/media freedom in Europe?, by Renate Schroeder, European Federation of Journalistspdf(222 KB)

» Speech: The Role of Public Broadcasters in a changing Media Environment, by William Horsley, Media Freedom Representative of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ)pdf(21 KB)

Preparatory Contributions

» Media Freedom and its Enemies in the Balkans, by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Networkpdf(224 KB)

» Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey, by the Council of Europepdf(48 KB)

» The Pivotal Role of Sustainable and Independent Public Service Media, by the European Broadcasting Unitpdf(645 KB)

» Measures to Improve Press Freedom in Croatia, by the International Press Institutepdf(103 KB)

» Measures to Improve Press Freedom in Turkey, by the International Press Institutepdf(107 KB)

» Speaking Up: Old and New Challenges for Freedom of Expression, by the Open Society Foundationspdf(133 KB)

» Speak Up! - Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey, by the Regional Cooperation Councilpdf(61 KB)

» Press Freedom in the Western Balkans and Turkey, by the South-East Europe Media Organisationpdf(88 KB)

» Addressing the Problems and the Needs of SEE Media Communities through Project Development and Implementation, by the South-East European Network for Professionalization of the Mediapdf(71 KB)

» Professional Journalism and Self-Regulation; New Media, Old Dilemmas in South East Europe and Turkey, by UNESCOpdf

Speakers' Publications

» Cyber Law Blog, A News Resource for CyberLaw and Cyber-Rights Issues from around the Globe, various publications by Yaman Akdeniz

» Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on Turkey and Internet Censorship, by Yaman Akdenizpdf(636 KB)

» Study of Legal Provisions and Practices Related to Freedom of Expression, the Free Flow of Information and Media Pluralism on the Internet in the OSCE Participating States, by Yaman Akdenizpdf(457 KB)

» Media Ownership and Its Impact on Media Independence and Pluralism in 18 countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, 2004, by Brankica Petković

» Patterns of Political Instrumentalisation and Clientelism in the Media in South East Europe, 2007, by Brankica Petković

» Mass Media, Post-conflict Transformation and Transition: Why Is It Bodo and Not Katharine? by Dušan Reljipdf(271 KB)

Useful Links

» IFJ: Set Turkish Journalists Free

» Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans

» 2010 World Press Freedom Index (Reports without Borders)pdf

» The Media Self-Regulation Guidebook (OSCE)

» Guide to the Digital Switchover (OSCE)

» Ethical Journalism Initiative (International Federation of Journalists, IFJ)

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