‘Discussion of Current Status of Fact-Checking by Global Journalism and the Operation of Media Self-regulatory Organization’

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Friday, 29 April 2022 12:39

The Journalists Association of Korea holds the World Journalists Conference
(WJC). About 70 journalists from more than 50 countries participated.
The conference starts on upcoming 26th, under the theme of ‘Notable cases
of media coverage from the all over the world.’
The 2022 World Journalists Conference, hosted by the Journalists Association of Korea (President Kim Dong
Hoon), will be held online and offline for three days from April 24 (Sun) to 26 (Tue).
The 2022 World Journalists Conference will be held both online and offline due to differences in the COVID-19
quarantine system in each country. Overseas journalists will participate by video conference, and there is a venue
at the International Conference Hall on the 20th floor of the Seoul Press Center for domestic participants and
foreign correspondents in Korea.
On the first day of this year's event, the first conference under the theme of ‘Current Status of Fact-Checking by
Global Journalism and the Operation of Media Self-regulatory Organization’ will be held ahead of the
establishment of an integrated media self-regulatory organization jointly promoted by the Journalists Association of
Korea and other major journalism organizations. On the 26th, the second day of event, multiple conferences will
be held lunder the theme of 'Society Changed by the Journalism’ to share examples of how the journalism has
changed society while staying faithful to the original role.
‘Current Status of Fact-Checking by Global Journalism and the Operation of Media
Self-regulatory Organization’
The 2022 World Journalists Conference will be started with an opening ceremony consisted with a welcoming
speech by Kim Dong Hoon, president of the Journalists Association of Korea; a congratulatory speech by Prime
Minister Kim Boo-kyum; and a video introducing the Republic of Korea at 2 p.m. on April 25 (Mon) at the
International Conference Hall on the 20th floor of the Seoul Press Center in Gwanghwamun, Seoul. The event of
first day will begin under the chairmanship of Jung Min-ho (The Korea Times), head of the International
Relations Department of the Journalists Association of Korea.
In the Conference I under theme of ‘Current Status of Fact-Checking by Global Journalism and the Operation of
Media Self-regulatory Organization,’ the media self-regulation efforts conducted by major domestic media
organizations and the related cases from different countries will be reviewed to restore the credibility of
journalism. It will be an opportunity to apply best practices as well as to contribute to the development of
journalism around the world by sharing notable cases of participating countries.
EunRyung Chong, Director of the SNUFactCheck Center, and Hyung Joon Ahn, journalist of the MBC, will
present under the theme of ‘Current Status of Fact-Checking by Global Journalism and the Operation of Media
Self-regulatory Organization in Korea’.
28 overseas journalists, including Sabina Inderjit (India), vice president of the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ), will present their cases.
All attendees will participate in a group discussion about the theme of day from 17:10 p.m.
‘Highlighting Exclusive News and Investigative Reports in Global Journalism’
The Conference II, which will be held at the same venue as the previous day, will provide time for participants
to share the notable media coverage from different countries from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 26th (Tue).
Min-kyu Lee, a professor at Chung-Ang University, will present under the theme of ‘Three Representative Cases
of Social Change brought by media reports in Korean journalism,’ while Hwan-bong Jung, a reporter of the
Hankyoreh, will present under the theme of ‘Report on online public opinion manipulation committed by
authorized organization'.
After the presentation of representatives from different countries, the event will be concluded with a group
discussion about the theme of day.
Prior to the main event of the second day, Sonny Kwon, CEO of the PUBLISH, will give a special lecture for
an hour from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. under the theme of ‘Blockchain-based News Ecosystem.’
Kim Dong Hoon, president of the Journalists Association of Korea, said “Journalists from different countries
gathered to organize this year's event to consider ways to protect the proper function of journalism and restore
people's trust,”and “If there is any exemplary case of policies or the operation of the media self-regulatory
organization in other countries, we will do our best to apply it to our situation.”
Prior to the main event, rehearsals and orientations of participants will be held on the 24th (Sun).
The event will be held both online and offline and who want to attend can access the event with QR code. In
addition, Korean-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided at the site, and YouTube broadcasts will be
provided only in English.
The presentation materials and videos of the event will be uploaded to the Journalists Association of Korea
website (www.journalist.or.kr).

The U.S. Embassy supports the development of media literacy in Georgia

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Thursday, 28 October 2021 12:31
Fake news harms individuals and the democratic development of their countries. It is important for citizens to investigate, research, and communicate in order to verify news and its sources. The U.S. Embassy supports the development of media literacy in Georgia by working with the Media Development Foundation (MDF), whose staff run the Media Literacy Youth Lab which helps young people in different regions across Georgia develop analytical and fact-checking skills.
This year, within the framework of UNESCO's Global Media and Information Literacy Week, we were happy to support MDF's Media Literacy Forum which unveiled the U.S. Embassy-funded Georgian translation of the UNESCO handbook: "Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation" - available here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000375682
Source: US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

European Union launches 2020 EU Prize for Journalism in Georgia

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 13:15

On 3 May, the EU marked World Press Freedom Day in Georgia by launching the 2020 EU Prize for Journalism. This is the ninth edition of the prize, run jointly by the EU Delegation and the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia.

The 2020 EU Prize for Journalism will be awarded in six categories covering print, online and broadcast media. It also includes the Special Prize for Peace Journalism, which is awarded by the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) for conflict-sensitive journalism contributing to confidence building and peace.

Each winner in the six categories will receive €1,500. The winner of the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism will receive a one-month fellowship with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London.


The deadline for submission of all entries is 15 December 2020. The application form, rules and submission guidelines are available at www.euprizejournalism.ge

The EU Prize for Journalism was introduced in 2012 to highlight and encourage high-quality media work in Georgia. According to the EU, this is now one of the longest running journalism competitions in the country.

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Application details and guidelines

14th International Silk Road Conference will be organized in Tbilisi

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 09:45

14th International Silk Road Conference will be organized in Tbilisi, Georgia, October 11-12, 2019. Gathering of top professionals in the fields of Politics, Journalism, Economics, Public Administration, Law, Business, Technology, and History will cater for a wholesome environment dedicated to practices, challenges and opportunities we are experiencing in a globalized world.

The conference will provide its distinguished participants with a unique chance to initiate discussion on important global and regional events and urgent problems.

The conference is open to local as well as international participants. SR-2019 is hosting 78 papers from 16 countries.

This year’s conference is co-organized by the following institutions:
• International Black Sea University, Georgia
• Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia
• Vistula University, Poland
• Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Georgia
• Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia
• Caucasus University, Georgia.

The working language for the conference is English, Georgian and Russian.

The conference strives to bring about valuable output on Politics, Journalism, Economics, Public Administration, Law, Business, Technology, and History.


Sustainable media: the key to independence

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:49

Every year on 3 May, the world marks Press Freedom Day. It’s a day on which we are reminded of the role of free media as a cornerstone of democracy, of the importance of media pluralism, of the significance of objective, quality, ethical journalism in informing citizens and defending their interests, holding the powerful to account.

We hear a lot about independence, but less about what independence really means. We think of independent opinion, of the journalists who investigate, who often face the most direct threats, but far less of the media managers in the offices behind them, ensuring that their stories can go to air or print, that wages and suppliers can be paid.

It’s an issue of which the European Union is acutely aware. “The threats to free journalism are complex,”European Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn told an Eastern Partnership media conference last September: “Vested interests and concentration of media ownership often make it difficult for independent media to survive,” he added, highlighting the vital importance of “looking for ways to achieve economic sustainability of the media”.

“There is a lot of support for content, for journalism, but local media need more help to become sustainable,”confirms Veselin Vačkov, director of the oldest and most prestigious Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny, who has been working with the EU-funded OPEN Media Hub project, leading a series of media management workshops and master classes in Eastern Partnership countries, focused on increased organisational and financial management skills, and ways to maximise revenues from print and online.

Vačkov says the media he has worked with in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine are aware of media ethics, and work very hard to be balanced and to produce quality work, “even by Western standards”.

“But if you are dependent on state support, on the support of a local entrepreneur or oligarch, even on EU money, you soon find out that you are not entirely free.”

Financial pressure can be far more effective than overt political pressure in strangling independent media, says Artur Corghencea, news director at PRO TV in Chisinau – a leading independent media in the Republic of Moldova. “Financial independence is synonymous with editorial independence – the Moldovan authorities have understood this and are trying to make it difficult for independent media to survive,” he said.

Last year, the authorities introduced new rules obliging television channels to produce at least eight hours of local programming a day, six of them during prime time. “Beside the fact that this is an unbearable financial burden for most stations, including PRO TV Chisinau,” this meant television stations were not allowed to broadcast high-rating foreign programmes at prime-time, such as football or Holywood movies – “and these are the programmes that attract advertising and therefore money,” said Corghencea.

PRO TV has managed to step back from the brink with the help of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), a foundation supported by the European Union, that provides grants to organisations promoting democracy and human rights. EED funding has helped PRO TV to develop four new shows, including ‘In PROfunzime’ a weekly political talk show that has become one of the most popular programmes in Moldova, as well as popular entertainment shows.

“Thanks to EED support, we have been able to meet the quota of locally-made production”, but also to build a more sustainable base for the future, says Corghencea. “Because the shows are popular and have high ratings, we are convinced that we will gain advertising in the future with these programmes, despite the difficult circumstances.”

EED support also helped PRO TV to build production teams and in-house capacity for the programmes. “These teams now have the experience to continue producing the shows and to initiate new TV projects in the future,” said Corghencea.

But financial pressures are not only political. In fact, most of the challenges facing media in the Eastern Partner countries are very similar to those that have swept the media landscape in Western European countries in recent years, says Veselin Vačkov. Among them, he lists the loss of circulation in the print media, compounded by the economic crisis, the transition from print to digital and the difficulties of raising revenue online, the need to invest in new technology, as well as the squeeze in advertising revenue.

His media management training – which is also available as an online course – addresses all these issues and more. “We have had a very positive feedback,” says Vačkov. “Participants are really glad to have this support for a much healthier future.”

Operating a successful media business in a small market is a challenge in itself, according to Lyudmila Chekina, CEO at TUT.BY, the leading online news portal in Belarus, employing more than 50 editorial staff and read by 42.9% of all Belarusian internet users.

“A successful financial model enables an independent media outlet to survive,” she says. “Increased profitability also enables an outlet to be independent of large corporate advertisers.”

Though the company had grown from a start-up in 2000 to a major digital media player, its dependence on the brand advertising market in Belarus and increasing online competition, including from foreign players, meant TUT.BY needed to develop its organisational structure and introduce better operational processes to stay ahead of the game.

To do so, it turned to the EU-funded Advice for Small Businesses programme, implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which connected TUT.BY with a team of international business consultants. “The project helped the company improve significantly its operational performance, provided advice on its video sector development and budgeting, as well as enabled it to make some strategic decisions that changed its structure,” said Chekina.

As a result, earnings are up 20%. “For sure, the improved earning capacity has gradually increased the editorial budget and the number of employed journalists,” she says, adding: Our earning capacity helps us to preserve our independence.”

Lyudmila Chekina is confident looking forward, but conscious of the need to diversify for growth: “In small countries, the limited market is a key problem for the media operating based on an advertising model. Therefore, we believe that the development of content projects with the possibility to expand into large markets and media cooperation with leading service companies in other markets… are the most forward-looking and efficient strategies.”

On World Press Freedom Day, it’s a reminder that independent media needs a sustainable business model to keep the stories coming out.

“Running a media is not only writing articles,” Veselin Vačkov reminds participants in his media management workshops. “Sustainability is more of a challenge than quality. And the more the media is economically successful, the freer we are as journalists.”

Author: Kosta St. Pavlowitch (former BBC journalist, contributor to Radio France Internationale and Editor in Chief of the Cyprus Mail newspaper)

OPEN Media Hub

The OPEN Media Hub is an EU-funded project supporting media professionals across the EU Neighbourhood area. A total of 753 people have benefited from the project’s media management actions across the Neighbourhood region, including 244 individual media managers, with follow-up in-house management consultations for selected independent media. The Media Hub’s four online courses – which are open to everyone and also available in Russian – have been followed by 350 users, with 148 taking the course on media management. www.openmediahub.com www.openmediahub.com/e-learning

European Endowment for Democracy

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent grant-giving organisation that supports actors of democratic change in the European Neighbourhood and beyond. It is a joint initiative of EU member states and institutions, and receives EU funding to cover its operating costs. The EED assists pro-democratic civil society organisations, movements and individual activists acting in favour of a pluralistic multiparty system regardless of their size or formal status, as well as independent media and journalists. Support to independent media is a key area of EED work in the EU neighbourhood. www.democracyendowment.eu


South Caucasus conference remains an important forum for discussing media freedom challenges in the region, says OSCE Representative

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 15:53

TBILISI, 7 July 2016 – Multi-faceted challenges to free media and the freedom of expression were the focus of a two-day discussion at the 13th OSCE South Caucasus Media Conference, organized by the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media that concluded today in Tbilisi, Georgia.

As in the past, the annual event brought together more than 80 media experts, civil society and government representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, along with experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom, to discuss issues affecting media freedom in the South Caucasus region.

In particular the participants exchanged views concerning the issues of safety and security of media workers online and offline; the influence of the Internet on the changing media landscape; and, content regulation in conflict-affected regions, including the legal implications and professional standards of journalists.

“Journalism continues to face numerous challenges today, including those related to safety and impunity, as well as the issues emanating from the regional conflicts,” said OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović. “At the same time, the new forms of media and reporting practices provide new opportunities for freedom of the media and free flow of information, and can be beneficial for building confidence among people.”

The participants also discussed the increased exploitation of the media for the spread of propaganda and underlined the need to develop effective tools to counter this phenomenon while preserving media pluralism and raising the professional and ethical standards of journalists.

At the end of the conference the participants adopted a set of recommendations addressed to the governments and the media community of the region, which will soon be available at www.osce.org/fom.

During her visit, Mijatović also met with the Chair of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili and Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.

In her meetings the Representative again emphasized that Georgia has achieved substantial and widely recognized progress on free media and freedom of expression. She encouraged the authorities to preserve and enhance these exemplary achievements while noting the special importance of maintaining media pluralism and variety of voices in society ahead of parliamentary elections in October.

Mijatovic also positively noted the election of the remaining two members of the Public Service Broadcaster’s Supervisory Board in April 2016 which makes the broadcaster fully operational, a long-standing issue she has been raising with the authorities. However, the Representative stressed the need to continue supporting public broadcasting in the country, in order for citizens to fully benefit from a trusted source of objective and impartial information.

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments. Learn more at www.osce.org/fom, Twitter: @OSCE_RFoM and on www.facebook.com/osce.rfom.

Promoting professional and responsible journalism in the region

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Saturday, 18 June 2016 10:26

On 16-17 June 2016, the Council of Europe (CoE) in partnership with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics will hold the Annual Meeting of Regional Network of Self-regulatory Bodies. The event will be attended by the representatives of the self-regulatory bodies from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and the Balkan countries as well as the Russian Federation.

During the annual meeting the media professionals will discuss various issues related to the developments and challenges facing the current self-regulatory institutes in the region as well as the types of the existing media propaganda and the possible ways to combat it. Moreover, the participants will review the possibilities to further increase their cooperation via adopting the documents against media propaganda and introducing the effective cross boarder complaints mechanisms. Finally, the participants will present the current state of the media landscape in their respective countries.

The event will take place at the “Lopota” Hotel, Kakheti Region in Georgia and is organised within the framework of the joint CoE/EU Program “EU/CoE Joint Project Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media”. The project was launched in January 2015 and aims to establish regional co-operation among media self-regulatory bodies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, to ensure regular exchange of information and experience among the self-regulatory bodies in order to improve their visibility, relevance and effectiveness as well as to improve cross-border complaints mechanism pertaining to journalistic ethics and to ensure self-sustainable funding for the regional network of medial self-regulatory bodies.

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