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Welcome by Joost Korte, Deputy Director-General for Enlargement
  • Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament
  • Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State, Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
10:00 SESSION 1
Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Progress and persisting issues

Two years after the first Speak Up! conference it is time to reassess the state of freedom of expression and media in the Western Balkans and in Turkey. Where has progress been achieved? What are on-going issues faced by media in the enlargement countries?

Moderator: Aidan White, Director, Ethical Journalism Network & former Secretary-General of the International Federation of Journalists

  • Andrea Zlatar Violić, Minister of Culture, Croatia
  • Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Yavuz Baydar, Columnist, Today's Zaman daily & Readers Representative, Sabah daily, Turkey
  • Tamara Chausidis, President, Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Vjosa Osmani, Member of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, Kosovo*
  • Philippe Leruth, Belgian Association of Journalists AJP & former Vice-President of the European Federation of Journalists

12:00 SESSION 2
New media and new journalism

In this age of new media, traditional journalism encounters similar challenges both in countries aspiring to EU membership and in EU Member States. What are these challenges and how can they be met? How can we ensure that principles of freedom of expression and media are upheld both online and offline?

Moderator: Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, Media Director, European Broadcasting Union

  • Jeta Xharra, Kosovo Director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network
  • Aleksandar Trifunović, Editor-in-Chief of the Buka Media Project, Centre for Informative Decontamination of Youth, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Yaman Akdeniz, Professor of Law, Human Rights Law Centre, Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament (tbc.)
  • Olivier Basille, Director of the EU Permanent Representation of Reporters Without Borders
13:00 LUNCH

14:30 SESSION 3
The Role of Parliaments in protecting Freedom of Expression and Media

Parliaments in the enlargement region bear a fundamental responsibility for ensuring that media regulations meet European standards and reflect best practices. How can they help to protect and promote freedom of expression and the media?

Moderator: Eduard Kukan, Chair of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo*, European Parliament

  • Žarko Korać, Deputy-Speaker of the National Assembly, Serbia
  • Igli Totozani, People’s Advocate / Ombudsman, Albania
  • Tea Gorjanc Prelević, Executive Director, Human Rights Action, Podgorica
  • Davor Glavaš, VERN School of Journalism, Zagreb
  • Ismeta Dervoz, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Tibor Macák, Secretary-General, Association of European Journalists

16:00 SESSION 4
The way forward

What are suitable ways forward to tackle the problems media are facing in the Western Balkans and Turkey? How can the situation of freedom of expression and the media be improved?

Moderator: Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

  • Kenan Özdemir, Deputy Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Turkey
  • Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Accession Negotiations, Montenegro
  • Lutfi Dervishi, Director, Transparency International Albania
  • Branko Čečen, Director, Center for Investigative Journalism, Belgrade
  • Oliver Vujović, Secretary-General, South East Europe Media Organisation, Vienna
Led by Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.