Ten Years of Media Support to the Balkans

TitelTen Years of Media Support to the Balkans
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelAn Assessment
AutorInnenRhodes, A
Anzahl Seiten47 pp.
VerlagMedia Tast Force of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe

Ten Years of Media Support to the Balkans: An Assessment From 1995 to 2005, the international community provided significant support to media in the Western Balkans. The Media Task Force of the Stability Pact for South East Europe commissioned this Assessment of Ten Years of Media Assistance to South East Europe to gauge the impact of past support and to provide recommendations (lessons learned) for future support to media.
Based on a meta-analysis of 37 project reports and interviews with a broad range of media experts, this study finds that direct support to independent media was a key factor in helping the citizens of several Balkan countries rid themselves of authoritarian regimes. At the same time, the publication states that often journalism training - the greatest share of media support - has had few lasting effects. Support for legislative and regulatory reform has been efficient and effective, but the new media legislation has not been sufficiently well implemented.
The overall conclusion: Media assistance in the Balkans proved itself an effective way to promote democracy by removing barriers to the enjoyment of fundamental rights to information and expression as protected by international law, and without intervening in political choices themselves. When media support was perceived as being primarily driven by political objectives, it was in danger of being like the problem it sought to alleviate and obscuring the concept of independent media.

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