Conference Programme

Support to Media in Violent Conflict and in Countries in Transition , Belgrade, Serbia Montenegro 2 - 3 May 2004, Draft Programme

Saturday 1 May 

2.00 – 4.00 pm 
Registration of participants at Sava Centre 

4.45 pm 
Departure from Hotel Intercontinental 
Sightseeing of Belgrade 

7.00 pm 
Reception at the City Hall Old Palace (Stari Dvor) 
2 Dragoslava Jovanovica Street 

Sunday 2 May 

8.30 – 9.30 am 
Registration of participants at Sava Centre 

9.30-10.30 am 
Opening Conference 


  • Mogens Schmidt, Director, Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace 

Welcome by H.E. Mr. Vuk Draškovia 
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro 

Remarks by Jovan Cirilov, 
President of the Serbian and Montenegrin Commission for UNESCO

Opening remarks by Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General 
for Communication and Information, UNESCO 

Peace Making and Security by Elisabeth Rehn, 
Chair of “Democratisation and Human Rights”, Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and Member of UNDPKO Review Board 

Structural Stability, Democratisation and Press Freedom: 
Overview of the Main Challenges by Andrew Puddephatt, 
Executive Director of Article 19 

Managing Media in Time of Crisis by Gwen Lister, 
Editor of the “Namibian” 

The Role of Donors to Promote Freedom of Expression in Transition Processes by Lena Johansson, Head of Division for Culture and Media, 
Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) 

10.30-11.00 am 
Coffee break 

11.00 am – 1.00 pm 
First Plenary: 
Crisis and emergencies: Informing the Local Population 


  • Kunda Dixit, Editor/Publisher, Nepali Times 

General presentation by Florian Westphal, 
Press Officer for Western Europe and North America, 
International Committee of the Red Cross 

Case presentations: 

The role of the media in DDRR processes in the DR of Congo 
by Marco Domeniconi, Fondation Hirondelle 

International attention and local capacity: the case of Iraq 
by Jawad Bashara, Editor- in-Chief, Al Jarida, Baghdad 

Remaining reliable and professional 
by Gojko Beria, Columnist, Oslobodjenje 

Global review on safety for reporting in conflict 
by Rodney Pinder, Director, International News Safety Institute 

1.00 – 3.00 pm 
Official launching of the Exhibition World Press Photo 

3.00 – 4.30 pm 
Second Plenary: 
Capacity Building and Culture of Journalism 



  • Julio Munoz, Executive Director,
    Inter American Press Association 

General presentation by Aidan White, General Secretary, 
International Federation of Journalists 

Case presentations: 

Association building and networking 
by Azer Hasret, Director, Central Asian and Southern Caucasian Freedom of Expression Network (CASCFEN) 

The price of truth, the safety of journalists in Colombia 
by Juliana Cano Nieto, Director, Fundacion para la libertad de prensa 

Transitional processes and rapid response assistance to media in West Africa by Edetan Ojo, Vice-president, West Africa Media Foundation 

Providing adequate socio-economic conditions for media professionals 
by Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute 

4.30 – 5.00 pm 
Coffee break 

5.00 – 6.30 pm 
Continuation of the Second Plenary 
Establishment of a Working Group for Declaration 

6.30 pm 
End of discussion 

7.00 pm 
Reception hosted by H.E.Mr. Dragan Kojadinovia 
Minister for Culture of the Republic of Serbia 
MP Club, 2a Tolstojeva Str. 

Monday 3 May 

9.00 – 11.00 am 
Third Plenary: 
Infrastructure, market and legal reform 

Arnold Amber, President, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Manager of the IFEX Network 

General presentation by Kajsa Törnroth, Director of the Press Freedom Programme, World Association of Newspapers 

Case presentations: 

Building capacity for elections and legal reform in East Timor and Indonesia by Kavi Chongkittavorn, South East Asian Press Alliance 

Reconstructing media markets in the Balkans: The case of Serbia 
by Nebojsa Spaic, Director, Media Centre Belgrade 

Media market development in Bulgaria 
by Ognian Zlatev, Media Development Centre 

Specific challenges of establishing public service media 
by Werner Rumphorst, Director of Legal and Public Department, European Broadcasting Union 

11.00 – 11.30 am 
Coffee break 

11.30 – 1.30 pm 
Continuation of Third Plenary 

1.30 – 2.30 pm 

2.30 – 4.00 pm 
Final conclusions and presentation of the Declaration 


  • Oliver Clarke, Managing Director of Gleaner Ltd. Jamaica 

4.00 – 4.30 pm 
Adoption of the Declaration 

Final Remarks by Mogens Schmidt, Director, Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO 

5.00 pm 
Closure of the conference 

6.00 pm 
Ceremony UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Award Sava Centre 

8.00 pm 
Reception hosted by H.E.Mr. Svetozar Marovia 
President of Serbia and Montenegro 
Council of Ministers Palace

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