Tirana will become the capital of the 8th Media Conference in Southeast Europe, where the focus will be "Journalism in times of crisis". This conference will take place on 11-12 October and will be followed by other important activities, thus creating a media week, organized by the OSCE Presence in Tirana and the Office of the OSCE Representative in Freedom of the Media.
Present will be the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Vincenzo Del Monaco, as well as Julie Posetti, Director General of Research at the International Center for Journalists.
This conference will serve as a call to affirm the importance of journalism as an essential public good and pillar of democratic societies. It aims to foster regional co-operation to address the challenges of media freedom by exploring opportunities to advance the media environment in the region, in the context of the current COVID-19 health crisis.
In total there will be 5 sessions, where different topics will be addressed. From what is learned the first session focuses on the issue of misinformation and its causes, the danger it threatens and the role that journalism can play to prevent it. The second session addresses best practices and efforts to alleviate the aggravated situation of journalists in the region, including the obstacles they face in performing their duties and freedom of speech. The third session will address the inclusion and equal representation of women in the media sector - an issue that has been the focus of the OSCE Presence in Albania - and will serve as a platform for discussing the professional challenges of the time and the specific gender risks faced by journalists in the South East European region. The legal environment of the region and its consequences for free speech and media freedom will form the axis of the fourth session. Finally, the fifth session will provide an opportunity for young journalists in the region.
It is learned that due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the activity will take place partly online and partly physically present, with the participation of about 120 people from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro government representatives, media, journalists' associations, civil society and academia.
The various events and activities within the Media Week will continue until Thursday, October 14th. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro in Tirana, will also attend a conference to be held on 13 October in Tirana, organized by the AMA, the Audiovisual Media Authority. The main focus will be the exchange of experiences with local and international experts and counterpart institutions regarding the protection of children against programs that may affect their mental and physical health.