7 PANELS, MORE THEN 20 JOURNALISTS: Newsweek is ogranizing first international conference about Media Freedom


Conference will be held at Falkensteiner Hotel on December 3rd from 10 to 18h. On seven panels there will be more then 20 journalists and experts from Europe, USA and countries from the region

Newsweek magazine and Adrie Media Group are organizing international ‘Freedom of the Media’ conference, which will be held at Falkensteiner Hotel Belgrade on December 3rd from 10 to 18h.


1. How much impact did WikiLeaks have in the World?
2. Challenges of investigative journalism
3. Michael Montgomery: Lessons I learned in the Balkans – from Cuški tragedy to “Žuta kuća (Yellow house)”
4. The limits of Media freedom
5. Television in the region – a view from the inside and the outside
6. Independent bodies and freedom of the press
7. Regional media – from printing press to the Internet
At the conference there will be more then 20 journalists and experts from Europe, USA and countries from the region:

KRISTINN HRAFNSSON (spokesman of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks), GORDANA IGRIĆ (regional director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN), IGOR BOŽIC (executive producer of TV N1 – Beograd), HENRIK KAUFHOLZ (Chairman of the European Centre for Media Freedom), GAVIN MACFADYEN (Director of the Centre for Investigative journalism in the UK), LAMIJA ALEČKOVIĆ (director of news on Croatian radio and television – HRT), HANS-ULRICH JOERGES (editor of the German weekly edition Gruner + Jahr), MICHAEL MONTGOMERY (American center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco), LJUBICA GOJGIĆ (Director of Ethics Reporting network in London and a former Secretary General of the International Federation of journalists), AIDAN WHITE (Director of Ethics Reporting network in London and a former Secretary General of the International Federation of journalists), VUKAŠIN OBRADOVIĆ (NUNS President), MICHAEL MARTENS (correspondent for the Balkans – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), MILICA PEŠIC (executive Director of the Institute for media diversity in London), JUERGEN ROTH (Germany’s most famous investigative journalist), GORAN MILIĆ (program director and the news Al Jazeera Balkans), ZORAN SEKULIĆ (president of the media Association and editor in chief of the agency Fonet), PETER EINSTEIN (until recently Director of TV B92 and TV Prva), HANS-MARTIN TILLACK (Sterna German journalist), DRAGO PILSEL (columnist and editor of the portal Autograf.hr from Zagreb), MARKUS BECKEDAHL i ANDRE MEISTER (founders blog for Investigative journalism Netzpolitik.org), SLOBODAN GEORGIEV (Balkan Investigative Reporting network – BIRN), RODOLJUB ŠABIĆ (Commissioner for information of public importance and Personal data protection), SAŠA JANKOVIC (Ombudsman), JAKŠA ŠČEKIĆ (producer at Reuters), ALMIR ŠECKANOVIĆ (deputy editor at Faktor.ba), ŽELJKO IVANOVIĆ (executive director of the daily newspaper Vijesti – Podgorica), ALEKSANDAR TRIFUNOVIĆ (chief editor of the portal Buka – Banjaluka), ZDRAVKO MILINOVIĆ (executive editor of the Vecernji list – Zagreb)

We believe that without freedom of speech, there can’t be democratic and free society. In recent years, there has been alarming increase in attacks on the journalists. Applying violence over journalists is direct attack on freedom of speech and basic standards of every democratic society. Therefore, countries and their governments need to do all they can in order to enable media personal work without any fear of political, economical and criminal threats. Obligation of every responsible government is to encourage critical thinking and to guarantee respect for basic human rights and freedom.

Special focus of the conference will be on investigative journalism and will be discussed by some of the most respected journalists in the world. Courageous and unbiased reporting is one of the key points in the process of creating professional media space. What is its relevance is to society shows the fact that, although it often requires great courage and professional skills, it restores confidence in free and fair reporting.


In light of the challenges faced by countries in the region and Europe, at the conference it will be debated on key issues affecting the media sector. At the end of the conference the governments in the region will be presented with concrete recommendations from leading people from European and regional media organizations with aim at improving the media situation.

Official languages of the conference are English and Serbian
If you are interested, please confirm your attendance on e-mail:

redakcija@newsweek.rs or on phone number: 011/6357 201 and 064/866 00 86.
Registration is free but mandatory since number of attendees is limited

Apply HERE