THE PRESS COUNCIL IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
in cooperation with UNESCO and the European Union
is organizing the regional assembly
“Challenges for Media Self-Regulation and Online Journalism”
May 2nd, Helsinki, Finland
The Press Council in BiH is organizing the regional assembly “Challenges for Media Self-Regulation and Online Journalism”, May 2nd, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland. The regional assembly is a follow-up event to the celebration of the World Media Freedom Day, organized by the UNESCO this year in the period from the 2nd to the 4th of May in Helsinki, Finland.
Digital technology has brought a series of tough challenges for self-regulatory bodies - the press and online media councils, many of which were formed prior to the internet era. Even though the Press Councils are now responsible for the digital versions of traditional media as well, the new forms of journalisms such as blogs and citizen journalism do not fall under the system of self-regulation. Furthermore, the internet, and online journalism in particular, have brought up new ethical dilemmas, which should be addressed by the press councils in the future.
The objective of this follow-up event is to allow the representatives of the press councils from the Southeast European region, Turkey and the EU member states to discuss these issues and try to find a common way of action.
The topics envisioned for the panel discussion will include: “To what extent did the press councils adopt the new ethics guidelines for the online world and internet journalism?”, “Who should the ethics standards be applied to? Should the ethics standards be equal for all journalists or should there be specific standards applied to bloggers and citizen journalism?”, “How to encourage bloggers to abide by the adjudications of the press councils? Should the bloggers be represented in the press councils, e.g. through syndicates or associations?”
The event will officially be opened by Marius Lukosiunas, from the UNESCO Sector for Communication and Information, who will also introduce the three-year regional project “Building Trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey”, the leader of which is the Press Council in BiH.
The moderator of the assembly will be Ms. Ljiljana Zurovac, Executive Director of the Press Council in BiH, and the panelists will be Mr. Filip Voets, Member of the Flemish Press Council of Belgium; Ms. Nevena Krivokapic, Member of the Complaints Commission of the Press Council of Serbia; Mr. Risto Uimonen, Former Secretary General of the Media Council of Finland, and Ms. Marina Tuneva, Executive Director of the Ethics Council of Macedonia.
The participants will consist of members of press councils and media experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Monte Negro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and EU member states.
The follow-up event will be realized as part of the UNESCO/EU project - “Building Trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey”.
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