South East European Media Partnership program continued with a steering committee meeting, held in Belgrade on 19 February. Representatives of the partners in the project gathered to analyze the achievements so far as well as the next activities scheduled in the region. The meeting was organized with the kind support of the Serbian partners: Media Center Belgrade and Media Reform Center Nis.
Eight SEENPM members, together with the umbrella organization, are implementing the South-East European Partnership for Media Development Project, which supports the development of independent and accountable media in the Western Balkans (December 2013 – November 2017)
The Center for Independent Journalism (Romania) is the international coordinator of this project, the coordinator for Bulgaria is Media Development Center.
The project aims to improve the ability of media organisations to address working conditions and education level of journalists, broaden their knowledge and skills, as well as to improve their attitude with respect to advocacy and media literacy. The project also aims to inform and generate educated public debates on freedom of expression in general, and media freedom in particular, to broaden the stakeholders’ and civic support for media sector reform processes.
The project goal is to enhance the professional capacity of journalists from marginalized communities in Bulgaria (Roma in particular), to increase public awareness within these groups about existing corruption and public funds embezzlement practices and thus to enforce civic participation in exposing and fighting those negative phenomena as well as to secure higher level of transparency and better governance.
The project activities envisage training on Investigative Journalism aimed at active Roma journalists, English language consultation, 5 regional round tables, production of 5 journalistic investigations and promotion of the results, national round table.
MDC project is supported by the USA Program State Alumni.