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Yaman Akdeniz
Dr. Yaman Akdeniz (LLB, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law, and the Pro Rector for the Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2001-2009 Akdeniz was at the School of Law, University of Leeds and has set up Cyber-Rights.Org in the mid 1990s in the UK. Akdeniz acted as an expert to several international organizations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Office, and the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media with regards to human rights aspects of Internet law and policy. Akdeniz has been recently appointed to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users as an 'elected independent expert' (July 2012 - December 2013). He has written extensively since the mid 1990s and his recent publications include Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses (London: Ashgate, 2008); and Racism on the Internet (Council of Europe Publishing, 2010). Akdeniz also authored the 2006 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (UNHCHR) entitled Stocktaking on efforts to combat Racism on the Internet (E/CN.4/2006/WG.21/BP.1, January 2006), 2010 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Turkey and Internet Censorship and 2011 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Freedom of Expression on the Internet: Study of legal provisions and practices related to freedom of expression, the free flow of information and media pluralism on the Internet in OSCE participating States.
                                                                                                                 
  Olivier Basille
Olivier Basille has been working as the General Director of the Permanent Representation of Reporters Without Borders at the European Institutions since 1998. In this position, he is also in charge of the area EU & the Balkans. Furthermore, he was the General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders from December 2011 to August 2012. Born in Belgium in 1971, Mr Basille graduated in Public Relations and Communication from the "Haute école libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine". In 1995, he founded the Belgian branch of the international non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders which specialises in the field of Freedom of the Press and was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament in 2005. A founding member of the Sakharov network since 2008, Mr Basille has also been a member of the jury of the Lorenzo Natali Prize at the European Commission (2010/2011). Besides, he worked as the Director of the magazine Medias in its Belgian office from 2004 to 2011. Mr Basille is married and has one child.


Yavuz Baydar
Yavuz Baydar is a Turkish journalist who has been active in journalism for almost 34 years. He writes opinion columns on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy for the daily Today’s Zaman. He is also an active blogger for Al-Monitor and The Huffington Post on a variety of topics such as Turkish domestic politics, the Middle East, the Balkans, human rights, free speech and press freedom. Baydar started his career as producer and news presenter for the Swedish radio and television before moving on to become the Scandinavia and Baltics correspondent for the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet from 1980-1992. In the early 1990's he worked for the BBC World Service. In 1999, Baydar became Turkey’s first news ombudsman. He is also the Reader Representative for the daily Sabah where he responds to readers' complaints about content and comments on media ethics. From 2003-2004, Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO). He is a member of the World Editors Forum (WEF) and the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ).

  Fatmir Besimi
Fatmir Besimi was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in charge for European Affairs within the Macedonian government in February 2013. Prior to this, he served twice as Minister of Economy (2004-2006 and 2008-2011) with a break of two years during which he was engaged as economist in the Kosovo office of the World Bank. After the parliamentary elections in 2011, he was appointed Minister of Defense – a position he held until becoming Deputy Prime Minister. Educated both in his home country and in the UK, he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Staffordshire University. Prior to his ministerial positions, Besimi worked as the Director of the Public Enterprise for Airport Services and as Vice-Governor of the Macedonian National Bank. He also lectures regularly at the University of South-Eastern Europe in Tetovo in the field of economics and global development and has been invited to hold guest lectures at the Universities of Harvard, Georgetown and John Hopkins. He is the author of two books and several articles on economic and political issues. In March 2010, Besimi was among three European Ministers to be selected as the top "Young Global Leaders", a group of 197 leaders from 72 countries, by the World Economic Forum. Fatmir Besimi is married and has one daughter. He speaks Albanian, Macedonian, English, Serbian and Croatian.


Jerzy Buzek
Jerzy Buzek is a member of the European Parliament and served as its President from July 2009 until January 2012, being the first President from one of the EU's 2004 enlargement Member States. During his mandate, he oversaw the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty's provisions, having also played a key-role in the finalisation of the ratification process. He has been very active on the energy policy front, launching together with Jacques Delors the initiative of a European Energy Community aimed at strengthening legal certainty and energy cooperation within and outside the EU. From 1997 to 2001, Jerzy Buzek was Prime Minister of Poland, introducing wide-ranging reforms in pensions, healthcare, local and regional administration, education and the mining sectors. During his government Poland acceded to NATO and made key-steps towards EU membership. A chemical engineer by education, Buzek joined the Solidarność movement in its early days, becoming the Chair of the Works Committee, and later Chairman of the fourth, fifth and sixth national Congresses.

  Branko Čečen
Branko Čečen has worked for 20 years in Serbian media as a journalist, editor and director. He presently works as media consultant, trainer and as the director of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS). CINS is a small investigative outlet founded in 2007 by the Independent Journalist’s Association of Serbia in an attempt to show that professional investigative journalism upholding the highest international standards is possible to practice in Serbia. It publishes stories on issues such as organised crime, its contacts with business and politics, Serbian judiciary and corruption. As member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Investigative Project (OCCRP), an international network of investigative journalists, CINS is a part of investigative cross-border projects, attempting to counter also the international dimension of organised crime. CINS has been struggling to publish its stories in Serbian main-stream media which depend financially on the very organisations and individuals CINS investigates. For its work, CINS has won three times the Serbian Annual Award for Investigative journalism. Mr Čečen and the CINS are committed to protecting the members of the OCCRP as well as of the Global Investigative Journalists Network (GIJN) of which it is a member as well.


Tamara Chausidis
Tamara Chausidis is a freelance journalist and an activist for professional rights and press freedom. She is a president of SSNM, the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In 1998, she began her journalistic career as a reporter for the Macedonian National Radio. She was a news anchor and editor when in May 2001 she joined the South Slavic department of Radio Free Europe. There she worked as a correspondent during the ethnically motivated conflict in her country and became a permanent member of the Macedonian department of Radio Free Europe when it was established in September 2001. She also worked as editor in the Macedonian office of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and as producer and editor for ALSAT-M TV, the only bilingual media outlet in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. During her career, Čausidis has become involved and active in promoting professional standards, human rights and press freedom issues in her country. She was elected President of the Council of Honour of the Macedonian Journalists Association from 2006-2009. She is a co-author of the Journalism Ethics Manual. As a president of the Independent Union of Journalist and Media Workers Čausidis is involved in promoting professional right as a precondition of press freedom.


Lutfi Dervishi
Lutfi Dervishi is the director of Transparency International in Albania. As an independent journalist and media expert, he has 20 years of journalistic working experience for print, broadcasting and online media. He is a political commentator for various TV stations in Albania, a contributing editor to the Tirana Times newspaper and runs his own newspaper column online. Apart from being a journalist, Mr Dervishi is a lecturer at the Journalism Department of the University of Tirana where he teaches investigative journalism and gives lectures as part of the M.Sc. in Communications. He also works as trainer at the Albania Media Institute in Tirana. He has compiled the Ethics Code for Albanian Journalists in 1996 and 2006.


Ismeta Dervoz
Ismeta Dervoz is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born and raised in Sarajevo, she was working for 30 years as commentator and host for various TV and radio stations. In 1988 she became editor and host of the Radio Sarajevo music program. In 1992 she initiated the participation of the Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RTV BiH) at Eurovision Song Contest and has been a long-time manager and executive producer of RTV BiH. She was awarded by the Charter of International League of Humanists for her work from 1992 to 1996. Her following posts included executive functions at the BiH Federal Television (FTV) music and entertainment program and its culture, education and entertainment program. She was also deputy project director of the ceremony for the opening of the reconstructed Old Bridge in Mostar in 2004 and has produced numerous festivals. Dissatisfied with the BiH public broadcaster, Ms Dervoz resigned from her TV functions in April 2010 and started to work as a project manager for Avaz Roto-Press in Sarajevo. She also joined the newly established party Alliance for a Better Future of BiH (SBB BiH) for which she has been elected to the state parliament. She is a member of the Delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and of the Parliamentary Network “Women Free from Violence”.


Štefan Füle
As European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle has, since 10 February 2010, been responsible for two vital policy areas in the EU's mission to consolidate peace, democracy and prosperity in Europe. Born in Sokolov, in the Czech Republic, on 24 May 1962, Štefan Füle spent his university years first at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague and later at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr Füle spent his early career in a series of posts in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including at the Czech delegation to the United Nations. From 2001-2002 he occupied the post of First Deputy Defence Minister of the Czech Republic, prior to serving for a period of six years in the Czech diplomatic service, first as Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and then as Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO. Most recently before becoming Commissioner, Mr Füle served as Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic. In addition to his native Czech, Štefan Füle speaks English and Russian, and some French and German. He is married and has three children.

  Davor Glavaš
Davor Glavaš is a lecturer at the VERN School of Journalism in Zagreb. He has recently been assigned as Team Leader in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade. As a journalist, media manager, university lecturer as well as conflict management and development specialist, Glavaš has taken an active role in media development and CSO/NGO capacity building programs in emerging democracies and conflict regions. In this capacity, he has managed projects in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. He has supported civil society actors, media and media associations in conceptualizing and implementing strategic plans. He has worked as a trainer and consultant for CSO development and networking projects, as well as in media management, media advocacy and journalism programs. As a journalist, Glavaš worked for Danas (1982-1992) and Feral Tribune (1996-2000). From 2004 to 2007, he was director and editor-in-chief of the BBC World Service/Croatian Service. From 1997 to 2004, he worked as advisor and Chief of party in the USAID funded IREX ProMedia project. Glavaš has been actively involved in EU enlargement countries from the Western Balkans in transposing the media and civil society component of the EU acquis into their national legislations, and in supporting media associations and CSO to effectively lobby their respective governments for comprehensive strategies.

  Tea Gorjanc Prelević
Ms Prelević is a lawyer by profession and has been Executive Director of the organisation Human Rights Action (HRA) in Podgorica since March 2010. Prior to this she was an associate of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (1996-2000), the first Director of the Centre for Training of Judges in the Republic of Montenegro (2000-2004) and associate with the Prelevic Law Firm (2004-2010). HRA focuses on lobbying for improvement of human rights legislation, independence of judiciary and freedom of expression. HRA has been intensively advocating for the respect for freedom of expression at the level of minimum European standards in Montenegro, as well as, for the decriminalisation of defamation and insult, which was proposed by the Montenegrin Government and adopted by Parliament in 2011. HRA produces special reports on investigation of attacks on journalists, on media self-regulation, publishes biweekly bulletins on European Court of Human Rights practice related to freedom of expression in Montenegrin and English and other publications, including a guide-book for journalists named Towards Ethical Journalism.

  Žarko Korać
Žarko Korać is the Deputy-Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly. He has been engaged in politics since 1990 and served as MP in the Serbian Assembly on the DEPOS list from 1993 to 1997. In September 2000 he was elected as MP in the Council of the Republics of FR Yugoslavia and as Vice-President of the Council of the Republics. From 2001 to 2003, Korać served Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Serbian National Assembly in the Liberal Democratic Party Parliamentary Group. He is the President of the Social Democratic Union and member of the Committees on Health and Family, Culture and Information as well as Children Rights. Korac is a graduated psychologist and teaches at the psychology department of the Belgrade University's Faculty of Philosophy.

  Eduard Kukan
Eduard Kukan is a former Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of the European Parliament where he is the Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. He is also a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of Subcommittee on Human Right. After graduating from the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1964 he acquired the Doctor Iuris degree at the Charles University in Prague and began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He held positions at several Czechoslovak embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, he was appointed Permanent Representative of the Czecho-Slovak Federal Republic to the United Nations in New York. In 1999, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, appointed Eduard Kukan as his Special Envoy for the Balkans; a function he held until June 2001.

  Joost Korte
Joost Korte has been Deputy Director-General for Enlargement since January 2012. Prior to that Korte, among numerous other duties, was Director responsible for Relations with the Council, Commission representative in Coreper II (July 2009 to January 2011), G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa (since October 2010) and Advisor at the General Secretariat; Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hübner; Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten. He was also Lecturer in the Law of International Organisations at the Europa Institute, University of Utrecht, and Leverhulme Visiting fellow in the European Community Law at the Centre of European Governmental Studies, University of Edinburgh.

  Philippe Leruth
Philippe Leruth has been a professional journalist for the Belgian newspaper L’Avenir for almost 36 years. From 2004-2013 he served as vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Prior to this he was president (1995-1999 and 2003-2005) and vice-president (1999-2003) of the Belgian General Association of Professional Journalists AGJPB as well as President of its French-speaking part AJP (Association des Journalistes Professionnels) from 1999-2003. In his work for journalist unions, Mr Leruth has been very active on issues related to press freedom and freedom of expression both within Belgium and at the international level. He went on several missions as an IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) expert to Algeria and Morocco (2000-2001) to support national journalist unions in their efforts to promote legislation reinforcing press freedom and freedom of expression. As vice-president of the EFJ, he has actively supported the promotion of press freedom in Turkey. A mission to Turkey in November 2011 resulted in a joint publication of several associations (including the EFJ), the launch of an ‘adoption campaign’ of detained journalists and the presence at several hearings in court cases against indicted Turkish journalists.

  Tibor Macák
Tibor Macak has been elected International Secretary-General of the Association of European Journalists in Autumn 2012. Already during his studies of journalism at the Danube University’s European Journalism Academy, he was working for the German Radio 100.6 in Berlin, the Austrian television ORF, Deutsche Welle in Köln as well as in Slovak broadcasting. During his 20 years of journalistic experience, he worked inter-alia as correspondent for the Slovak News Agency TASR in Germany, as editor and commentator for Public Slovak Television STV at the foreign news desk and for ARTE in Strasbourg. For Nation's Memory Institute he wrote the script for and directed the documentary film In the Shadow of Time (V tieni času). Since 2010 he has been working for the public Slovak Radio and Television RTVS as radio journalist for the foreign news desk.

  Dunja Mijatović
Dunja Mijatović was appointed OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on 11 March 2010. She is an expert in media law and regulation. In 1998, as one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped to create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media in a complex post-war society. She was also involved in setting up a self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. In 2007 she was elected Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies. She was the first non-EU Member State representative and the first woman to hold this post. Previously, she chaired the Council of Europe's Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. During her Chairmanship, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted the Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the protection and promotion of investigative journalism and Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. As an expert on media and communications legislation, she has worked in Armenia, Austria, Iraq, Jordan, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Morocco and the United Kingdom.

  Nils Muižnieks
Nils Muižnieks was elected Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in January 2012. He is the third Human Rights Commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006). A Latvian national, Mr Muižnieks has been educated in the United States of America, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been working in the field of human rights for the past two decades and has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of international human rights monitoring, training and education. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he held prominent posts such as Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga (2005-2012); Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-2012); Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-2004); and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies - now Latvian Human Rights Centre (1994-2002). He has also published extensively on human rights issues, in particular on racism, discrimination and minority rights. Latvian and English are his mother tongues, and he is also fluent in French and Russian.


Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser
Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser has been Media Director at the European Broadcasting Union since February 2012. After qualifying as an art teacher at the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, she began an enduring relationship with the Swedish Language Services of YLE. Several years as a radio reporter were followed by a move into print, working as an editor for a cultural magazine. In 1986, Ms Nyberg Frankenhaeuser moved from radio at YLE to become a TV reporter for the Swedish Language Services, where she climbed through the television ranks to become Head of TV News & Current Affairs. She was appointed Director of Programmes for Radio in 1997, adding the TV and internet portfolios to her responsibilities in 2006. In her position as EBU Media Director, she is responsible for EUROVISION content including, TV, radio, news, the Media Lab and the EUROVISION Academy. Ms Nyberg Frankenhaeuser is bilingual in Swedish and Finnish, and fluent in English and German. She is competent in Danish and Norwegian and has a working knowledge of French and Italian.


Vjosa Osmani
Vjosa Osmani is a Member of Parliament in Kosovo where she serves in the Committees on European Integration and Constitutional Reform. She is a trained lawyer both in Kosovo and the United States. She served as Chief-of-Staff to the President of the Republic of Kosovo for almost five years. In this capacity, she was President’s representative in the Constitutional Commission, which drafted the first Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, as well as his representative at the National Security Council and a number of working groups that drafted the key legislation of the Republic of Kosovo. She teaches human rights and international law at the University of Pristina and the American University in Kosovo and has also taught “State-building and the Law” as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She was the coordinator of the Kosovo legal team before the International Court of Justice in the case of compliance with international law of Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence. She has represented a number of high-ranking cases before the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. Ms Osmani is one of the most active MPs in Kosovo in voicing her support for freedom of media and freedom of speech. She was one of the very few MPs that did not vote for articles 37, 38 and 39 of Kosovo’s Criminal Code which were considered a violation of freedom of media, and is a strong supporter of the law on protection of journalistic sources which is currently undergoing parliamentary procedures.


Fergus O’Dowd
Fergus O’Dowd is Minister of State in the Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He also serves as T.D. Member of the Irish Parliament. As Minister of State, he is responsible for the NewEra Project which is the government's investment programme for key networks of the economy launched in 2009. After qualifying as a science teacher at the Crawford Institute, he taught in St Olivers Community College Drogheda and in 1997 was elected to the Irish Senate (Seanad). He lives in Drogheda where he has office as Mayor of Drogheda on three separate occasions. Elected to the Irish Parliament in 2002 he was named as TD of the year by Magill Magazine in 2007 for his campaign in exposing abuses in Irish Nursing Home Care. He is the founding chairman of the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. Minister O'Dowd is married and has three children.

   Kenan Özdemir
Kenan Özdemir has been working as Deputy Under-Secretary at the Turkish Ministry of Justice since January 2011. In this position, he is responsible, among others, for the DGs for Legal Affairs, International Law and External Affairs as well as Communication and Media Monitoring. He is also member of the Steering Committee for Enhancing Transparency and Strengthening the Fight against Corruption. A graduated from Ankara University Law Faculty, he has worked as a judge for five years in various Turkish courts. He then started a new career in the Ministry of Justice in the DG for Legislative Affairs as rapporteur judge, head of unit, deputy director general and director general respectively. Thanks to his extensive experience in law-making processes, he has played a leading role in the whole judicial reform process, inter alia, the 3rd and 4th reform packages. In 2001, he completed Master’s degree on Public Law at the University of Marmara. He is married with three children.

   Aleksandar Andrija Pejović
Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović is State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on Accession of Montenegro to the European Union (since December 2011), as well as the National Coordinator for Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. He completed master studies in European and South East European Studies at the Faculty of State Administration and Political Sciences, National University of Greece, Athens. He served as Ambassador – Head of the Mission of Montenegro to the EU as well as Ambassador of Montenegro to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador to the EU, he was Director of the Directorate for European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro. Furthermore, he was a member of various Government working bodies in the process of European integration. He began his work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 for which he was posted to the Office for Cooperation between Montenegro and Slovenia in Ljubljana, as well as the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in Skopje. He was national coordinator for Montenegrin chairmanship of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, coordinator for chairmanship of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative and deputy national coordinator for fight against human trafficking. In his free time, he is engaged in writing and sculpting, and has authored several academic papers on international relations and geopolitics, as well as the novel Amabor.

  Marietje Schaake
Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeD66) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU's external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs. Schaake is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited. Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.


Igli Totozani
Igli Totozani took the office of the People’s Advocate of the Republic of Albania in December 2011. In June 2012, he was elected as member of the Administrative Council of the Association of Ombudsmen of the Mediterranean. Mr Totozani studied law at the University of Tirana from 1991-1995 after which he obtained an MA in European Studies (2000) and in Political Science (2003) from the University of Geneva. He was also awarded with "Jean-Louis de Claparède" prize by the Rector’s Office. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in law at the Strasbourg University. Mr Totozani has served for a long time in senior government positions. He has been Advisor to the Prime Minister on Education and European Integration, as well as Director of Cabinet and Advisor in various other ministries. He has also been highly active as an academic, author, publisher, and analyst and has contributed to national and international conferences. For many years, he has given lectures in Public Law at several universities in Albania. He is the author of many articles, publications, and research reports in Albanian and foreign reviews and journals, and has also written a number of books. As a civil society activist for human rights, Mr Totozani has been particularly involved regarding issues such as the penitentiary system and mental health, as well as good governance and democratization of public institutions. In May 2013, the civil society Alliance Against Discrimination and Pro LGBT awarded him with the “LGBT Ally of the Year 2012” Prize.


Aleksandar Trifunović
Aleksandar Trifunović is a media and civil activist from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the founder and president of the Center for Informative Decontamination of Youth (CID). CID is an NGO that produces the Buka Media Project, which also runs a TV talk show, a magazine and one of the most popular political web portals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (www.6yka.com). The TV talk show Buka, which he hosts and edits, is one of the most influential political TV programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr Trifunović has fifteen years of experience in projects dealing with issues such as hate speech, peaceful conflict resolution, war crimes, dialogue and media freedom. He is the author and the provider of a workshop on how to produce low-cost media products. He is the founder of MENSA Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also a passionate photographer.


Oliver Vujović
Oliver Vujović has been the Secretary-General of the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) since 2000. A graduate in economics and public relations, he began his journalistic career in 1988 for the Serbian radio stations Radio Index and B92. In the 1990s he was an avid freelancer for German, Austrian, Swiss, Scandinavian and UK media conducting over 400 interviews and publishing more than 3500 articles in various print media. In 1991 he began working as correspondent of the Austrian daily Die Presse in Belgrade until the Belgrade Federal Minister of Information at the time recalled his accreditation. As a result he reported from Skopje and Szeged (Hungary) from 1994-1997, also using the pseudonym David Fatschel. Mr Vujović founded the independent South East Europe research and news service Balkan Point (www.balkanpoint.org) in 2000 and has director of the Balkan Südosteuropäischer Dialog, Magazine and Kulturzentrum in Vienna from 2000-2001. He is editor of the annual SEEMO Media Handbook and publisher of the De Scripto magazine. Other publications he has edited include the Guide for Investigative Reporters and Investigative Reporting in South East Europe.


Aidan White
Aidan White is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign promoting good governance and ethical conduct in the media. He is the former General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which he led for 24 years until March 2011. Before joining the IFJ in 1987, Aidan worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, including working with The Guardian, The Financial Times, the Sunday Times and oth ers. Aidan is passionate about the rights of journalists worldwide and has written extensively on the social and professional conditions of journalism. Among his recent publications are: The Ethical Journalism Initiative (2008) and Ethical Journalism and Human Rights (2011), produced for the Council of Europe. He is also an active campaigner for journalist’s rights and the founder of global networks of media organizations and press freedom groups dealing with free expression and safety in news reporting.

Andrea Zlatar Violić
Andrea Zlatar Violić was appointed Croatian Minister of Culture in December 2011. She has been a member of the Croatian People’s Party (HNS) since 2005 and has served as Vice-President of the City Council of HNS as well as Chairperson of the HNS Interest Council for Culture. From 2001-2005 she was a member of the City Government of Zagreb, in charge of culture. Ms Zlatar Violić has a long experience in research and analysis in the field of cultural policy and literature theory. Prior to her post as Minister, she has worked as editor of various literature magazines such as Vijenac, Zarez and Gordogan. Throughout her work, she has focused on independent culture and creative industries, investigating the importance of contemporary practices, media issues, audio-visual production and the book market in the context of legislation. She also teaches as Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb and she is author and editor of numerous books and studies.


Jeta Xharra
Jeta Xharra is one of the founders and Kosovo director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). She is also the leading anchor and editor of Life in Kosovo, the most-watched current affairs program broadcasted in prime-time on the Kosovar public TV station RTK. She began her career in journalism as fixer and local producer for BBC News and Channel 4 in 1998 and later became the manager of the BBC Kosovo Bureau. In 1999, she worked for BBC News in Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in 2003 she opened the office for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Kosovo. She has completed an MA both in War Studies at King's College London (2000) and in Screenwriting from the London College of Printing (2002). Xharra has published articles in British newspapers such as the The Independent, the Economist, Sunday Telegraph and Jane's Intelligence Review. While in the UK, she worked for the Foreign News Planning Desk at the BBC World Service and at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. As director of BIRN Kosovo, she oversees a staff of about 50 staff all over Kosovo responsible for producing English publications such as Balkan Insight and Prishtina Insight, as well as products in local languages such as Justice in Kosovo, Life in Kosovo newspaper and the Court Monitoring Project. In 2012 Xharra won the SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.