SEEMO’s Essential Role in Supporting the Freedom of Media
As an active member of the United Nations and especially with regard to the current membership in the UN Security Council, Austria has always put special emphasis on promoting and strengthening the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy and necessary to assure the participation by all members of the society in decision-making.
Cooperation in the Field of the Media is a Top CEI Priority
The Central European Initiative (CEI), whose headquarters are based in Trieste, is the oldest and largest regional organisation in Europe. Established in 1989, over the years the CEI has offered a unique framework to foster cooperation among its 18 Member States. Moreover, it has facilitated the dialogue with the European Union, in order to assist the non-EU Member States in moving towards the EU.
ERSTE Foundation Places Particular Emphasis on Promoting Media Quality
The last several years have been dynamic in South Eastern Europe. Many countries have reached a level of consolidation of their media landscapes. Basic prerequisites for a stable and functional media sector have been created, most legislative and regulatory frameworks have been put in place and the citizens can rely on multiple sources of news and information.
Nothing and No one is Perfect
Southeast Europe is currently still under construction. This construction is not only dependent on the different Southeast European countries, or even better to say the people living there, but it is also a European challenge. As made evident this year, I would say that Europe owes a lot to Southeast Europe. Not only European integration but also no visa regime must happen and. this is a responsibility for democracy and for the media.
Ten Proud Years of Good Work
Over ten years have passed since October 2000 and the formation of South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). At the time, representatives from more than 20 Balkan media outlets came together in Zagreb, Croatia, not only to set up a regional affiliation of the International Press Institute (IPI), but also to examine the concrete ways in which journalists could be helped to cope with the problems and challenges of their profession in transitional societies.
The Sources of Threats and Pressures Have Been Diversified
This new edition of the South East and Central Europe Media Handbook 2010 (known simply as the SMH) is an updated report about media developments in the South East and Central Europe.