18.10.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

Press councils from South East European & Turkey join AIPCE meeting in Sweden

Representatives of press councils in SEE and Turkey in Stockholm. © UNESCO

Representatives of the press and media councils of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) participated in the annual meeting of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils in Europe (AIPCE) in Stockholm, 6-7 October 2016. AIPCE is a European network of media self-regulatory bodies.

The participation of the representatives was supported by UNESCO in the framework of its EU-funded project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”.

Participants shared their know-how regarding the establishment and running of a press council as well as discussed modalities and need for press councils to extend their self-regulatory activities to social media platforms. Albanian and Turkish representatives participated in the meeting of the AIPCE for the first time. Turkish representative briefed the participants regarding the activities of the Turkish Press Council, which was established back in 1988. 

The Alliance also celebrated the 100 years of existence of the Swedish Press Council and the 250th anniversary of the Swedish Press Act. Part of the conference was dedicated to press freedom situation in Sweden and Europe. Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden addressed the event and reminded that “freedom of the press is not just an issue for the press. It is a challenge for all of us” and called for “more actions than words”. 

Editors-in-chief of leading Swedish media outlets, such as Expressen, Dagens Nyheter, Gefle Dagblad, and Sveriges Radio shared their experience regarding ways of strengthening ethics and professionalism.

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