Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey

With financial support from the EU and UNESCO, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is promoting freedom of expression and press freedom in South East Europe and Turkey. The project, entitled Building Trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey, seeks to strengthen freedom of expression, access to information, free, independent and pluralistic media, ensuring that journalists and media are key drivers for democratic, sustainable and peaceful development in the region.

The project is being implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, as well as in Kosovo (administered by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244).

The focus of the project Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey is on improving media accountability mechanisms, media internal governance and information literacy among citizens to strengthen civil society support for the media and demand for quality media.

The project builds on previous cooperation between the European Union and UNESCO. It will benefits from the experiences and lessons learned from the project Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector in South East European countries implemented by UNESCO from 2009 to 2011 and the project Media Accountability in South East Europe and Turkey, implemented from 2013 to 2015. Both projects supported the creation and strengthening of voluntary media self-regulation mechanisms such as press councils or news ombudsmen.

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Activities for 2017-2018 are:

  • LAREG+ : First meeting of EFJ Labour rights expert groups with representative of target country, 13 November 2017 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Press conference on journalists’ working conditions in South East Europe and Turkey at the Press Club Brussels, 14 November 2017 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • January 2018: follow-up training of trainers
  • LAREG +: Second meeting of EFJ Labour rights expert groups with representative of target country in the region (place to be decided)
  • Photo exhibition on journalists’ working conditions in South East Europe and Turkey at the Press Club, May 2018 (Brussels, Belgium)

Activities for 2016 were:

  • LAREG+ : First meeting of EFJ Labour rights expert groups with representative of target country, 4 April 2016 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • LAREG+ : Second meeting of EFJ Labour rights expert groups with representative of target country, October 2016 (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • Regional workshop on working conditions & safety of journalists, December 2016 (Tirana, Albania)


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UNESCO Colloquium: Journalism under fire

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UNESCO launches a handbook for journalists covering terrorism

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UNESCO Event: Terrorism and Media

The UNESCO will organise this event on the issue of media coverage of terrorism, and specifically how the media can avoid contributing to a climate of fear and social division – one of the major goals of terrorism. The purpose of the event will be to launch the UNESCO new publication entitled “Terrorism and the Media: And Handbook for Journalists”, written by Jean-Paul Marthoz. terrorism-event-2jan-flyer

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day

WPFD 2017: ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies’ From 1 to 4 May 2017, UNESCO will organize, in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Press Council, its main celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May). At a time described by some as critical for journalism, World Press Freedom Day’s International Conference will examine how free and quality media are needed perhaps more than ever before to promote peaceful, just, inclusive societies, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. The Conference will provide a unique…