Study Confirms Media Deterioration in Southeast Europe

The media sector in Southeast Europe is weakening, and in the present situation of economical strain and and unstable political situation, the news media often fails to perform its public service role.

This is the result of studies, done by media researchers working with SEENPM (South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media) member organisations in the region.

The researchers have conducted studies of media reporting of a number of recent crises. Working within SEENPM project Reporting Crisis in South East Europe, which is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, the researchers looked at one crisis in each country, analysing a sample of news content.

Read their results and the country reports

Call for Cross-Border Applications

Are you a reporter who wants to dig deeper with colleagues from other countries? The program “Reporters in the Field”, funded by German Robert Bosch Stiftung,  promotes research projects by media professionals from all over Europe. It offers grants of up to 5,000€ to international teams who want to realize a cross-border and in depth research on a story of their choice.
Application deadline is August 27, 2017.

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“We were sitting on the Titanic” – 22 Years After Srebrenica

“We went to Bosnia to help people. Not to fight. I liked that idea. But we were sitting on the Titanic with those people,” says Dutch UN soldier, who was in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica when the massacre happened in 1995.

Eldin Hadzovic and Zvezdana Vukojevic have updated and republished the SCOOP-supported 2011 story on what happened up to and during those tragic days.

The story was published by Mind the facts,  a young start up that wants to reveal the best investigative journalism in the world by translating it into English.

Read the first chapter of the three-part story


Call for Nominations to Balkan Award for Understanding

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), calls for nominations for the 2017 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe, who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic divisions, racism, xenophobia, gender discrimination, homophobia, etc. The winner will be awarded EUR 3,000.

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Alisa Yurchenko Wins SCOOP-sponsored Award

Alica Yurchenko, investigative reporter of weekly TV show Nashi Groshi, won the Ukrainian Investigative Journalism Award sponsored by SCOOP. She was awarded at the ceremony on MezhyhiryaFest, the annual journalism conference in the residence of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych where YanukovychLeaks was born in 2014. Congratulations!

Alisa Yurchenko was congratulated by among others SCOOP coordinator Oleg Khomenok and the American ambassador Mari Yovanovitch.

Alisa Yurchenko investigated the scandal with launching of an e-declaring system in Ukraine. In her research Alisa had proven that public officials were involved in a fraudulous deal intenting to compromise the e-declaring launch, pretending that the system is not protected from hacking attacks.

Read a short version of the story (in Ukrainian)

See the TV version of the story (with English subtitles)


Rising Protests over Abduction of Azerbaijani Journalist

An Azerbaijani investigative journalist who vanished May 29 from Tbilisi, Georgia, is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment after resurfacing on the 30th in custody across the border in Baku, Azerbaijan, after what he described to his lawyer as a harrowing cross-border abduction, according to Amnesty International.

Afgan Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing on May 29, is known to be in the custody of the Investigative Unit of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, according to local activists and his lawyer. The couple had gone into exile in Georgia in 2015 amid fears for their safety over his investigations into Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s alleged links to corruption.

Chairman of the European Center for Press and Media Freedom and SCOOP coordinator, Henrik Kaufholz, strongly condemns the abduction and Georgia’s failure to protect exiled journalists:

“Time after time in recent months, Azerbaijani journalists in Georgia have been harassed by local law enforcement, denied re-entry into the country or have not had their residence permits renewed. The ECPMF considers this conduct by the Georgian government to be entirely irreconcilable with their commitments vis-avis the European Union in the recent association negotiations. We urge the Georgian government to live up to its responsibilities and we call on the EU Commission and on EU member states to take immediate action and remind Georgia of its promises.”



SCOOP-Supported Investigation Wins First Prize

Gleb Yarovoy received the annual prize for the best journalistic work in Karelia for his investigation “Valaam Millions”.

Journalist Gleb Yarovoy won the Grand Prix of the Annual contest of the Journalists Union of Karelia for the investigation “Valaam Billions – The Monastery’s Secret” about expenses for the restoration and work of the Valaam Monastery. The investigation received a prize in the nomination “Best journalistic work”. The author was awarded on May 19 at the traditional Award ceremony in Petrozavodsk.

A diploma and a prize (a vacation in a country house on the Karelian river Suna) for Gleb Yarovoy was received by his wife and colleague Anna Yarovaya.  Gleb Yarovoy could not attend the award ceremony.

“Valaam Billions – The Monastery’s Secret” was investigated with support from the SCOOP Russia project, published 7th February 2017 on the news site “7×7”.


Fightning Fake News at the ECPMF in Leipzig

The European Center for Press and Media Freedom invites all interested parties to participate in a conference titled “Defending the truth in a post-truth era” in Leipzig on June 13-14.

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Grants to go to the GIJC in Joburg

Five days left to apply! Do you want to go to the Global Investigative Conference i Johannesburg in November – but don’t have the money? Apply for a fellowship! See how here


Refuge for Journalists Under Threat

The ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence Programme offers media workers under threat a safe environment to rest, recover and continue their journalistic work. The deadline to apply is 12 May 2017.
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is now accepting applications for the next residency cycle (July 2017-January 2018). Participants are provided with free accommodation in Leipzig, Germany and extensive support from the Centre.
On top of a monthly stipend of 1000 euros, the ECPMF covers the costs for travel, visa and private health insurance. In addition, the ECPMF offers its wide-ranging network of media freedom contacts and encourages Journalists in Residence to tap into it and make their voices heard.

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