Ioana Avadani is executive director of the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, Romania. With over 17 years of expertise in the media field (as news agency editor, TV editor, and media developer), as head of CIJ she has coordinated programmes including professional journalism training; targeted assistance for media operations; advocacy for public transparency and accountability, press freedom and journalists’ protection; curricula development and journalists associations’ strengthening. She was instrumental in the passing of the Access to Information Law, the Sunshine Law, amendments to the Broadcast Law, the Public Broadcasting Services Law and public procurement legislation. She has been central in the process of media self-regulation in Romania. She served two successive mandates as the president of the South East European Network for the Professionalization of the Media (2004-2006), and was a contact point for the Romanian National Working Group created under the Media Task Force of the Stability Pact. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s College for Consultation with NGOs, and of Team Europe, a group of independent experts created by the European Commission. Avadani authored several publications on media developments in Romania and SEE, and was a speaker in many national and international events.
A journalist with 32 years of experience, Yavuz Baydar is active in both print and audiovisual media. He writes opinion columns for the daily newspaper Today’s Zaman on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and press matters. Baydar also works as the readers’ for the daily newspaper Sabah, and presents the weekly current affairs programme Acik Gorus (Open View) on TV24. He worked as a producer and news presenter for the Swedish Radio & TV Corp. (SR), Stockholm, Sweden, and as correspondent for Scandinavia and the Baltic for the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet (1980 -1992). After three years as producer and editor, consecutively with Show TV in Paris and with the BBC World Service in London, he returned to Turkey in 1994. There, he worked as the foreign desk editor with the daily newspaper Yeni Yüzyıl, and as Op-Ed editor and ombudsman for the daily Milliyet. Yavuz Baydar served as president of the International Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO) between 2003 and 2004. He is also a member of the World Editors Forum (WEF) and the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ).
Dr Agnès Callamard is the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19. Under her direction, ARTICLE 19 has strengthened its leadership of cutting edge public policy issues, and grown in size with the opening of 5 regional offices across the world. Agnès founded and led HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian actors. At HAP she oversaw field trials on accountability to beneficiaries in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone. Dr Callamard is the former Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). She played a key role in establishing an effective senior management system and also led AI’s policy work on women’s human rights. Agnès has investigated human rights abuses throughout the world and worked extensively in the field of refugee and IDPs movements. She has published broadly and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School in New York.
Jeffrey Dvorkin is the Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO), an international organization with more than 70 members in 26 countries. Originally from Canada, Dvorkin began working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a reporter in Montreal. His career took him to the CBC’s Ottawa bureau, and then to network news in Toronto. Dvorkin was named CBC Radio’s Managing Editor and Chief Journalist. From there, he moved to Washington, DC where he took on the position of NPR’s VP of News and Information. In 2000, he was asked to set up NPR’s first office of the ombudsman and, as such, was the first network broadcast news ombudsman in the United States. Dvorkin was named ONO’s first executive director in 2009 and oversees the dramatic growth in ONO membership. He also teaches media studies at the University of Toronto and is involved in frequent journalism training overseas.
Will Gore joined the UK Press Complaints Commission in 2000 to work as a complaints investigator. He was appointed an Assistant Director of the Commission in 2004 and in September 2008 he was promoted to Public Affairs Director, taking on responsibility for the development and delivery of the PCC’s public affairs and public relations strategy. He oversees the Commission’s international work and represents the organization externally. In addition, he continues to keep his hand in with complaints work, handling some of the Commission’s high-profile cases. Will has acted as an adviser to the press councils of Ukraine, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, Peru and Bosnia & Herzegovina among others. He is the co-author of the OSCE’s The Media Self-Regulation Guidebook. Before joining the PCC, Will studied modern history at Oxford University.
William Horsley is the Media Freedom Representative and UK Section chairman of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), a professional network of journalists and editors in over 20 countries. He represents the AEJ as an Observer organization in the Council of Europe’s standard-setting Committee on the Media and New Communications Services. He worked for 25 years as a BBC foreign correspondent and presenter of TV and Radio programmes, and is now an independent journalist and writer on international affairs based in London. He is a member of the Communications and Information committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, and international director of The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield.
Professor of Galatasaray University/Faculty of Communications, Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu is a member of the UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen and of the American Biography Institute. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University (1994) and at the Salzburg Seminar (2003), and one of the founder members of the Media Watch Platform in Turkey (2008). Dr. İnceoğlu has participated at the second Alliance of Civilizations Conference in Istanbul (2009) and at an international meeting on media literacy organized by UNESCO in Paris (2007). Recently, she took part of a project sponsored by Open Society Foundation, Global Dialogue and Netherlands Consulate General in Istanbul, as a member of the supervisors’ board of the Association of Social Change on “Hate Crimes in the Turkish National Press”. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu has published several books: The Persuasion Process in Communications: With Some Examples of the Political Campaigns (1997); Media and Society, Women in the Media and Women Journalists (2002); International Media (2004); A Guide to Media and Children (2008); Text Analysis (2009); Women and their Body in the Spiral of Femininity, Sexuality and Violence (2010).
Before assuming duties as UNESCO´s Assistant Director General of Communication and Information, Ambassador Kārkliņš was Latvian Ambassador to France, Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO, and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the UN in Geneva. During his stay in Geneva, he was First Vice-Chairman, and one year later Chairman of the Council of the International Organization for Migration. He held several elected posts in the World Intellectual Property Organization and UN Commission of Science and Technology for Development, and presided over the Group of Governmental Experts on Cluster Munitions within the framework of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. He was Vice-President of the Preparatory Committee of the Geneva Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and President of the Preparatory Committee of the Tunis Phase of WSIS. Ambassador Kārkliņš represented Latvia in the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN and Chaired this Committee from 2007 until June 2010. He was previously Under-secretary of State in Latvia and Counsellor in the Latvian Embassies in France and Finland. He has an engineering degree from the Riga Technical University (Latvia) and attended an Executive Education Program for Eastern European diplomats at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University (USA).
Jan Kleijssen was born in 1958 in Almelo (The Netherlands). He studied International Law at Utrecht State University (LLM in 1981) and International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa (MA 1982). He joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. Having served as Director of the Secretary General's Private Office and as the Special Adviser to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, he is currently the Director of Standard-Setting, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, of the Council of Europe. He is the author of several publications in the field of human rights and international relations.
Daphne Koene has been the secretary of the Netherlands Press Council (Raad voor de Journalistiek) since 2001. After studying law at the University of Amsterdam – specializing in Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Information Law – she worked as a lawyer at the Intellectual Property Law department of the law firm Ekelmans Den Hollander in Amsterdam. In 1996 she continued her career at the Netherlands Union of Journalists (Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten), specializing in Labour Law, Social Security Law and Copyright Law. In addition, she was part time assisting secretary of the Press Council since 1999. She has been a speaker at various national and international conferences. Furthermore, she carried out comparative research among several European countries – the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Sweden – and is the author of the report Press Councils in Western Europe.
Remzi Lani is the executive director of the Albanian Media Institute. Between 1983 and 1992, he was chief editor of Zeri i Rinise, one of the first liberal newspapers in Albania. He served as a correspondent for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo (1991–93) as well as for the Zeri newspaper, Pristina (1993–95). He was editor of the Alternative Information Network in Tirana (1995–2002), and co-editor of the Albanian edition of Foreign Policy magazine. He was the first president of the South East Network of Media Centers and Media Institutes, which brings together 15 media institutes and media centres from South East Europe. Remzi Lani is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Balkan Trust for Democracy. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), and of the board of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
Jacob Mollerup, 57, has been working as a journalist and editor since 1980. Among his different appointments, he has served as managing editor and news editor for the newspaper Politiken (1988–95), chief editor for the newspaper Information (1996–2001), and senior reporter and editor for Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin (2001–04). In 2004, he became the first listeners’ and viewers’ editor at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). As the national public service broadcasting station, DR includes a number of national television and radio channels, as well as web services. Jacob Mollerup also became president of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism in 2005. Since May 2010 he has been president of the Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO).
Dunja Mijatovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 CoE 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.
Sándor Orbán is director of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media. He is responsible of strategic planning and advocacy, research, training and professional exchange programmes. Most recently he supervised projects focusing editorial ethics, media self-regulation, access to information and freedom of expression in SEE. Orbán also represented Hungary in the judging panel of the EU journalism awards: “For Diversity, Against Discrimination”. In 2006, he managed research and academic training programs at the Center for Media and Communication Studies of the Central European University , Budapest. He previously served as director of the Center for Independent Journalism, and organized media training, exchange and research programs in Hungary. He also worked at Hungarian media outlets as an international news editor and reporter covering political, social and cultural events in Europe and North America. Orbán was a beneficiary of several international journalism fellowships, including the Hubert H. Humphrey program in Washington DC, and a study tour organized by the World Press Institute in 1993. Orbán completed a one-year diploma program at the Bologna Center of the School of Advanced International Studies/Johns Hopkins University, and received his Masters in international relations and journalism from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Helge Rønning is a Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He was a member of the Norwegian Government Commission for Freedom of Expression (1996 – 1997) and of the Public Service Broadcasting Council (1996 – 2004); as well as Chairman of the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers Association (NFFO) and of the Board of Kopinor, the Norwegian Reprographic Rights Organization. He undertook research in USA, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and authored several books and articles on media and communication, development and democracy; freedom of expression, culture and literary issues. Recent publications include “Broadcasting regulation vs. freedom of expression and editorial independence. A contradictory relationship?” (2007); “Systems of Control and Regulation. Copyright issues, digital divides and citzens' rights” (2008); Tv-nyhetenes verden (with Ragnar Waldahl & Michael Bruun Andersen) (2009); Changes and Challenges in African Media. I: The Power of Communication. Changes and Challenges in African Media (with Kristin Skare Orgeret) (2009); Freedom of Speech Abridged? Cultural, Legal and Philosophical Challenges (with Anine Kierulf) (2009); and “Tools for Democracy or for Surveillance? Reflections on the Rule of Law on the Internet” (2010).
Ms. Biljana Tatomir has twenty years of experience in the media development in her native country Croatia and since 1997 internationally as the Deputy Director of the Open Society Foundations’ Media Program. She oversees Policy and Advocacy, as well as Media Development portfolio of the program. Her areas of expertise encompass a wide range of issues related to media development in post-conflict countries, emerging democracies and closed societies in various regions of the world. She holds MA in Political Science from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and completed a series of courses on Middle East politics at the American University in Cairo.
Barbara Thomass is Professor for International Comparison of Media Systems at the Institute for Media Studies, University of Bochum, Germany. Her main fields of interests are media systems in Eastern and Western Europe, broadcasting policies, media and journalism ethics. She is a member of the broadcasting council of the ZDF, the national public service broadcaster in Germany. She has been a lecturer and researcher on communication science at the universities of Hamburg, Goettingen, Lueneburg and Bremen and at the universities in Vienna and Paris. She has been working with international organizations for several years, on courses on journalism standards and ethics in different parts of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, in West Africa and South East Asia. Prior to her academic career she worked as a journalist.
Gordana Vilović holds a political science doctorate and is associate professor at the Faculty of Political Science – Journalism Department, Zagreb University. She has authored and co-authored a number of books on media ethics, education of journalists and diversity reporting, as well as numerous expert and scientific essays on the media. She has participated in different forms of journalists’ professional education and training, in Croatia and other South-East European countries. From 2003 to 2008 she was engaged at the International Center for Education of Journalists (ICEJ) in Zagreb and was assistant professor at the Media and Society Culture (Journalism Department) of the University of Dubrovnik.
Ognian Zlatev holds an MA in classical philology from Sofia University, and qualifications in media and NGO development, media relations, journalism training, international public relations, political communications and election campaigning. He is managing director of the Media Development Center (Bulgaria), and member of the managing board of Bulgarian National TV. He is a founder and board member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media, and was its president between 2002 and 2004. He worked as external communications and public outreach consultant for the World Bank in Bulgaria and as media expert on self-regulation for OSCE and UNESCO. He is a board member of the Bulgarian National Council for Journalism Ethics, and sits on the Global Forum for Media Development’s Steering Committee. He is member of the Selection Committees for the Robert Schumann and the Dr Erhard Busek SEEMO Awards. He lectured at the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Albanian Media Institute and the Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo). He was director of information centres for OSI in Sofia, manager of the BBC Centre and exchanges officer for the British Council in Bulgaria, and authored over 15 publications on media issues.
Ljiljana Zurovac has been the Executive Director of the Press Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina since September 2005. An expert on media self-regulation and ethics, following the almost breakdown of the first self-regulatory body in SEE at the beginning of 2005, she established a new Press Council for all print media in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the context of the Press Council, she has also established educational programmes on media ethics and press freedom, as well as on media literacy for diverse audiences. She had previously worked for six years as Programme Director at the Media Plan High College of Journalism. Between 1980 and 2008 she worked as an active radio and TV journalist, editor and host of live programs at PBS and Radio FERN. She specialized in debate programs based on conflict resolution skills. She is a regular lecturer on PR, media ethics and self-regulation, and has actively participated in international events in different European countries. She was a Board member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, and is a member of the Board of Civil Society in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She holds bachelor degrees in Dramaturgy and Comparative Literature from the Academy for Art.