After 8 years of successful involvement in the field of media reform, the Media Task Force phased out at the end of 2006. The political decision to close the Media TF was reached at the Bucharest Regional Table (15 November 2006). While several other bodies will continue to address media issues in the region, Bucharest RT concluded that Media reform is an area where further impact from the regional level as opposed to the national level is limited.
The Media Task Force: supporting legislation, production and training
The development of independent and professional media has been one of the six core objectives of the Stability Pact since December 2002. Through the Media Task Force, the Stability Pact provides a forum of coordination between all key actors active in the democratisation of South East Europe’s media systems.
Within the Media Task Force, the executive secretary and a network of nine National Working Groups determine priorities and coordinate action with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, various donor governments, as well as the main international NGOs working in media development. The Task Force also coordinates action with the SEE Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
Since 1999, 35 projects have received funding as a direct result of cooperation under the MTF umbrella. Examples include legal assistance for a new broadcasting law in FYR Macedonia; the production of regionally broadcast television programmes and documentaries about reconciliation and corruption; support to a regional journalism university in Sarajevo, and local journalism courses on reporting about organised crime.
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Regional Cooperation Council
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