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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 15438)  

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Title Seminar on Freedom of Expression, Free Access to Information and Right to Privacy  
Status Completed 
Date 08/11/2007 - 09/11/2007 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - Media-Serb II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Media-Serb II - Support to promote freedom of expression and information and freedom of media in accordance with CoE/EU standards    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2006/DG2/JP/1648   Media-Serb 2 - To support the establishment of a regulatory framework for freedom of expression and for the media
Expected Result 1.1 - R.1 The compliance of new and/or amended existing laws and regulations on freedom of expression and freedom of the media with Council of Europe/EU standards.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.3 – Human Rights in public policy
Programme ☆ I.3.4  Freedom of expression and information
Project 2004/DG2/41 Legislative assistance, training, awareness raising
Expected Result 2 Authorities are informed of and trained in CoE standards on freedom of expression and information, the media and information society issues, and exchange information at regional level on the implementation of those standards

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) DG II Human Rights (Media Division)
CoE Contact DERVISAGIC, Lejla   email
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1 http://www.coe.int/media  
Last Modified 06/12/2007 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 15438) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) General objective of the seminar was to inform journalists, judges, prosecutors and lawyers on European standards, Serbian positive legislation and practise in the relevant filed. More specific objective was to encourage the discussion between different professions. 
Output/Results The most important output of this seminar is participants’ better understanding of balancing between these two rights and the question of proportionality, as well. The CoE and national experts presented their topics in a very professional and interesting manner. Details analysis of the freedom of expression and right to privacy under the ECHR and the Court case-law, were very good introduction to analyze national legislation and practice in this field.

This seminar was implemented with aim to train media and other relevant professionals in line with CoE standards on freedom of expression and information and to exchange information on responsibility and implementation of those standards in their work. Participants were initiating interesting and complex discussions and exchanging points of view on the relevant issues with other colleagues and speakers. They found presented topics as very useful, interesting and applicable in their work.

All participants received the CoE media publications available in Serbian language.
Conclusions/Follow Up This activity was a repetition of the similar event organized in June 2007. Under the joint EAR/CoE project there is no space to repeat the same activity for the different audience. 
Participants Judges, prosecutors, lawyers and media professionals from various Serbian (Vojvodina) media outlets 
Consultants/Experts Mr Ad Van Loon, Managing Director, X-Media Strategies, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Mr Rodoljub Sabic, Commissioner for information of public importance
Mr Sasa Gajin, Law Faculty, University Union, Belgrade
CoE Secretariat Ms Olena Dmytrenko, Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights
Mr Vladan Joksimovic, Adviser, CoE Belgrade Office
Ms Maja Stojanovic, Assistant, human rights and media
Total No. Participants 30 
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