Copyright: Albanian Media Institute - Instituti Shqiptar i Medias, 2011
COMMUNICATION PRACTICES IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIAL UPRISINGS AND REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY
STRENGTHENING THE REPRESENTATION AND PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN THE ALBANIAN MEDIA
SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN MEDIA OBSERVATORY: BUILDING CAPACITIES AND COALITIONS FOR MONITORING MEDIA INTEGRITY AND ADVANCING MEDIA REFORMS
The project aims to nurture and foster prominent role of civil society in the media reform processes in the countries of South East Europe. It also aims at informing and sparkling public debates on media freedom and pluralism, particularly addressing impact of media ownership and political clientelism, and at influencing media sector reform processes through developing media integrity index, regional media observatory, consultations and coalitions.
The project will establish common, systematic approach at regional level in order to tackle the issue of media integrity. In order to have an impact and wide acceptance the strategy will include a number of stakeholders; namely independent state bodies, media regulators and self regulatory bodies, media industry, investigative journalists, journalists associations, all of them being crucial players in tackling media integrity.
The project brings together CSOs from IPA countries and from two EU member neighbouring countries - Slovenia and Hungary, both with experience of media transition and ability to contribute to media reforms in the region by presenting lessons learned from successes and failures in democratic transition of media sector. AMI is one of the partners of this regional project, led by Peace Institute, Ljubljana.
EU INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AWARDS
IMPROVING MEDIA FREEDOM AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM IN ALBANIAN MEDIA
The overall objective of the project is to improve Freedom of Media and Freedom of Expression in Albania as important aspects of democratization and European integration.
The project will establish the mechanism of Media Watch, which will bring to the eyes of the public and the interested actors real problems of media freedom in Albania, increasing their attention and sensitivity to these problems. Monitoring Reports on relevant media policies will contribute to more in-depth knowledge of the real problems of the Albanian media and Government conduct in this respect. The project aims also to promote independent and professional media in Albania against a background of intense developments in the profession of journalist, due to the advent of new technologies and digitalization. The project activities will focus on further improvement and implementation of media legislation, leading to stronger guarantees for journalism protection. Furthermore, the project has a strong component related to monitoring the process of digital switchover. AMI's partners in this project are InvestigativeJournalism Centre (IJC/CIN), Zagreb, Center for Independent Journalism, CIJ, Budapest.
Supported by EU
SOUTH-EAST EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
The overall objective of the project is to support the development of independent and accountable media in the Western Balkans. The project is led by Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, and focuses on in five Balkan countries, where AMI is the Albanian partner. The specific objectives of the project are: to improve the capacity of media organisations to address working and education conditions of journalists; to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes of journalists with respect to advocacy and media literacy; to inform and sparkle educated public debates on freedom of expression in general, and media freedom in particular; to broaden the stakeholders' and civic support for media sector reform processes; to support the accession process of the five IPA countries in the project (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.) The project will aim to achieve this through the following activities: research on employment conditions of journalists and on education needs for journalists and the public; freedom of expression and of media monitoring and advocacy; training sessions on advocacy and media literacy; advocacy activities.
Supported by EU
The regional scheme of EU awards for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey was launched in March 2015 aiming at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the region. The EU award regional scheme for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey is established by the European Commission, DG Enlargement, following the EU Enlargement strategy which recognizes strong need for ensuring freedom of expression in the media, and for support to investigative journalism to monitor the reform processes and to keep the historical momentum toward the EU accession. The EU award for investigative journalism will be given each year in the period of three years in each of seven EU-Enlargement countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, rewarding the investigative journalistic work published in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Investigative stories contributing to transparency and reporting on societal issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime that otherwise would not have been brought to the public's attention will qualify for the award.
The main objective of this project is to provide insights into the communication practices in the context of the civic initiatives and social movements in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia, and to explore how these practices relate to the concept of public accountability. The research proposal addresses one of the priority areas of the call-democratic accountability and responsiveness of local governments, and it also addresses the role of local media in the accountability processes. The proposal is situated in the current socio-political context and will provide much needed insights into the current state of public accountability in the light of the civic initiatives and social mobilisation. It will also enable exchange of insights from different national contexts and civic initiatives - while in the recent years Bosnia and Herzegovina had major general social uprisings, in Macedonia the social initiatives and protests were focused on ecology and pollution, reproductive rights and law on abortion, specific labor rights, but involved also focus on interethnic issues. The insights from this research will expectedly enable better understanding of communication dynamics during the social movements, especially intricate due to increased relevance of online platforms in the region. Research will yield proposals for improvements of communication practices of activists/citizens, government officials and media outlets in order to foster accountability mechanisms and finally better government.
Overall, it cannot be said that Albanian media has fulfilled its role in raising awareness on and reporting on gender issues in a satisfactory manner. Research has found that sensational coverage of this category of news has the opposite effect of justifying and supporting violence. Consequently, it is essential to understand how the media influences women position in the society. The overall objective of this project is to build capacity of Albanian Media to produce quality gender balanced and gender sensitive content. The project aims to do so by analyzing the main problems and trends of portrayal of women in the Albanian media, making use of Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media; as well as improving skills and knowledge to journalists and women activists, bringing them to work together to improve gender awareness and fair portrayal of women in the media.