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Implementation record of the Speak Up! conclusions (2011)

This paper summarises the current state of play in following-up on the conclusions of the first Speak Up! Conference that took place in May 2011. It assesses both the progress made by the enlargement countries and the steps taken by the Commission in implementing the conclusions.


Western Balkans and Turkey Media and Freedom of Expression Fact-finding and Scoping Study (September 2012 – April 2013)

Following the first Speak Up! Conference, which was held in May 2011, the European Commission commissioned this study with a view to receiving an analytical and evidence-based overview, guiding the design and implementation of a strategic and feasible multi-beneficiary media and freedom of expression portfolio in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
Based on the conclusions of the first Speak Up! Conference, the European Commission identified four priorities for regional action: improvement of the performance of public sector broadcasters; effective mechanisms of media self-regulation; judicial practices in freedom of expression cases and capacity building of the judiciary in this regard; and the introduction of an EU award for investigative journalism in the Southeast Europe IPA region. This study provides a systematic situation analysis concerning these four components and presents options for activities that would have a long-term impact on the media landscapes in the region.

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This report was prepared with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed in this report are those of the consultants and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union.

Conclusions of the first Speak Up! conference & Recommendations by The Chair

The conclusions of the first Speak Up! Conference, hosted by DG Enlargement in May 2011, became an important reference point for tackling issues in the field of freedom of expression and media.

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