Freedom of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe

Freedom of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe

First Event of the interantional conference series on Media and Politics held at the European Youth Centre Budapest, Council of Europe on 7-8 April, 2000.

Freedom of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe
- International Conference in Budapest, 7-8 April 2000 -

First Event of a Conference Series on Media and Politics (Freedom of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe, European Public Sphere, News Media and Politics - Independent Journalism)
Location: European Youth Centre Budapest, Council of Europe, Budapest, Zivatar utca 1-3., 1024 Hungary

First Day, 7 April, 2000

8.20 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 9.20 Welcome Speech by Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Deputy Executive Director, European Youth Centre Budapest, Council of Europe) 

Transformation of the Media after Communism, Freedom of Expression, Political Control

9.20 - 10.30 First Session - Chair: István Hegedus (Member of the Advisory Ownership Board, Hungarian News Agency)
- Barbara Trionfi (Press Freedom Advisor, International Press Institute, Vienna): Freedom of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe - megjelent magyarul: Nemzetközi normák, nemzeti keretek, Beszélő, 2001. március

- Jeremy Druker (Director and Editor-in-Chief, Transitions Online, Prague): Should 'Western-style' Journalism Be the Goal for Central and Eastern Europe? 
- Zoltán Kovács Editor-in-Chief, Élet és Irodalom, Budapest: ln: Press, Ownership, Politics in Hungary

10.30 - 10.50 Break
10.50 - 12.30 Second Session - Chair: Wolfgang Meissner (Director, Goethe Institute Hungary)
- Martin Simecka (Editor-in-Chief, Sme, Bratislava): Freedom of Expression in Slovakia - megjelent magyarul: Szlovákia - Tíz év múltán, Beszélő, 2001. március
Discussion

12.30 - 14.00 Break
14.00 - 15.10 Third Session - Chair: Péter Bajomi-Lázár (Associate Professor, Department of Communication, János Kodolányi College)
- Tomas Vrba (Editor-in-Chief, The New Presence, Prague): Freedom and Responsibility - Czech Media Ten Years After
- Mircea Toma (Vice-President, Academia Catavencu - Media Monitoring Agency, Bucharest): Politics and Media in Romania
- Alexei Pankin (Editor, Sreda, Moscow): Economic Constraints on Freedom of the Press in Russia

15.10 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 17.45 Fourth Session - Chair: Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Deputy Executive Director, European Youth Centre Budapest, Council of Europe) 
- Fatos Lubonja (Editor in Chief, Perpjekja, Tirana): The Transformation of the Media in Albania
- Emmy Barouh (Member of the Board of Directors, Bulgarian Branch of Transparency International): Playing at Freedom and Freedom of Playing - megjelent magyarul: Bulgária - Szabadságot, szabadon játszani, Beszélő, 2001. március,

17.45 - 18.00 Concluding Remarks by Helen Darbishire (Media Law Program Manager, COLPI/Network Media Program, Open Society Institute)

Second Day, 8 April, 2000

The Civil Society and the Media

9.00 - 10.10 First session - Chair: István Wisinger (President, Association of Hungarian Journalists)
- Mario Oetheimer (Program Counsellor, Media Division, Council of Europe, Strasbourg): Council of Europe assistance programmes in the media field
- Carolyn Sawyer (President/CEO, Tom Sawyer Company, Columbia, South Carolina): Media and Government - megjelent magyarul: A média és a kormányzat - a négy sarokkő, Beszélő, 2001. március 
- Roberto Belichnec (Assistant Manager, Macedonian Press Center): Ethnicity, Civil Society, Freedom of the Press in Macedonia

10.10 - 10.30 Break
10.30 - 12.30 Second Session - Chair: Paul Dick (Director, British Council Budapest)
- Duska Andric-Ruzicic (President, NGO "Medica", Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina): Media and Civil Society 
- Irene Tsintsadze (Director, Center "Alternative", Tbilisi): Mass Media in Georgia at the End of the Century Discussion

12.30 - 13.40 Third Session - Chair: Calin Fabian (First Secretary, Embassy of the Romanian Republic to Hungary)
- Joan Smith (Columnist, Independent on Sunday, London): Invasion of Privacy: The Price of a Free Press?
Discussion

13.40 - 14.00 Concluding Remarks by Volha Karatkevich (Vice President, Belorussian Association of Journalists)

The Organisers of the Conference: István Hegedűs (Project Manager, Hungarian Europe Society), Association of Hungarian Journalists (MÚOSZ), Openness Club (Hungary). Conference Co-ordinators: Réka Sárközy, Ildikó Sándor, Andrea Polyák, Anna Simon.

The conference has been sponsored by the Network Media Program of the Open Society Institute, Freedom House, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the British Council, the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office in Budapest and European Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe.

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