Fri 21 December, 2007

L’Europe vue par les nouveaux Etats Membres: l’exemple de la Roumanie.

Pour ce dernier séminaire du groupe francophone de presse écrite, huit journalistes se sont retrouvés à Bucarest du 26 au 30 novembre, venant du Liban, du Maroc, de l’Algérie et de la Tunisie. Les perspectives économiques nouvelles de la Roumanie, nouveau pays entrant au sein de l’UE, ont constitué la trame principale des reportages.

L’atelier commence alors que les votes pour les élections européennes sont encore comptés et l’actualité européenne à la une de la presse nationale. Mme Darina Nastase, Chargée de Communication de la Représentation de l’UE en Roumanie, a ouvert le séminaire sur une discussion autour des aides économiques européennes, dont la Roumanie a un besoin urgent, mais dont la mise en place nécessite des délais et de nombreuses conditions préalables.

Le reste de la semaine, l’atelier fonctionne comme une rédaction, à laquelle participent des journalistes fixeurs roumains, donnant aux journalistes méditerranéens la possibilité de couvrir des sujets variés, du secteur bancaire aux minorités Rom. Le groupe a également eu la possibilité de visiter les locaux de la Radio Internationale de Roumanie, la Télévision Nationale, Bucarest Hebdo et de rencontrer nombre de collègues roumains, notamment autour des questions de la couverture médiatique de l’actualité européenne dans le pays.

Cet atelier a été assuré par Jacqueline Martinez de l’Institut Pratique de Journalisme,Taoufiq Derradji du Centre Européen de Journalisme et Sarah Bouchetob de la Fédération Internationale des Journalistes, avec l’appui de USmediasind (Réseau des syndicats professionnels des media roumains) et de Bucarest Hebdo.

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Fri 21 December, 2007

Europe as seen by the Newcomers: The case of Poland.

10 journalists from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Turkey composed the group of the programme’s last session for English Print. The workshop was held in Warsaw from the 5th until the 9th of November and hosted by the European Radio for Belarus.

Poland’s economic challenges as a new member State of the EU was the primary focus of the week, but also the country as an actor of European Neighborhood Policy. Its relations with Belarus and Ukraine were developed through briefings in Warsaw and a visit to Bielsk Podalski (Poland-Belarus border) where regional cooperation programs were presented.

At the Representation of the EU Delegation to Poland, Anna Zalewska Communication Officer, received the journalists for a briefing on Poland-EU current issues. The group also attended President Barroso and Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s press conference on November 8.

Through the week, the workshop functioned like a newsroom, giving opportunities to reporters to cover a variety of topics ranging from economic issues to immigration ones, as well as Poland’s policies in the Middle East region and its conflicts. The group was accompanied by trainer David Quin, project officer Sarah Bouchetob and ERB representative, Maria Sadovskaya.


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Mon 22 October, 2007

Mediterranean directors and editors attend WAN Conferences in Amsterdam

On October 17-19, the World Association of Newspapers held two major events, the World Digital Publishing and the World Editor & Marketeer Conferences. Held in Amsterdam, the events were hosted by the Dutch Newspaper Publishers Association.

Europe for Mediterranean Journalists bridged the conferences with a meeting for the program’s newspapers directors and editors in chief. 18 newspapers leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Turkey gathered in Amsterdam. Through a tailored program, they shared perspectives on European Neighborhood Policy media coverage, met with Dutch colleagues and accessed the three-day conferences and expos.

During the conferences, world leading newspaper companies first discussed innovative products and new revenue streams with their mobile and Internet channels. Digital pioneers explained how they overcame the obstacles and achieved success in today's hyper-competitive, ultra-fragmented media industry.

To respond to readers and advertisers demands with new formats and new technologies, the 10th World Editor & Marketeer Conference & Expo examined the role of the printed newspaper in the multi-media environment. The expos showcased the best in print and multi media developments, as newspapers re-position themselves as true multi-media companies.

For more details, see http://www.wan-press.org
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Fri 21 September, 2007

English broadcast group “On the Road to Membership: The Case of Turkey”.

From the 3rd to the 7th of September, 9 journalists from Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Syria visited Ankara, for a seminar set around the theme of Turkey’s membership. The group was accompanied by TV trainer David Quin, project officer Sarah Bouchetob and Progressive Association of Journalists’ representative, Dogan Tılıç.

Connecting Europe to the Middle East and wavering between secularism and “modern Islam”, Turkey continued showing density in its contrasts, in a new political setting.

Headscarf issue, women and minority rights, as well security and water sharing matters, these are the topics the Anglophone broadcast group covered during the week. What effect will the coming to power of AKP have on women’s civil liberties and minorities? Will the country’s relations with its neighbours change and how?

From the Delegation’s projects and interviews of top representatives of the AKP ruling and CHP opposition parties, to the street’s feedback, the participants got a broad image of what makes Turkey today. The country’s negotiations for membership were at the centre of discussions.

After the week’s meetings - Prof. Yakin Erturk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women., Edibe Sozen and Egemen Bagis, deputy chairpersons of Justice & Development (AK) Party, Onur Oymen, Deputy Chairman of CHP, interviews and shots at the Parliament and in the heart of the capital, the group finished the workshop between rough cuts and editing and welcomed the cocktail offered by Ambassador Marc Pierini, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey.
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Tue 12 June, 2007

Progress of the ENP, English Print and Audio-visual groups in Egypt.

Twenty-five print, radio and TV journalists from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Turkey met in Cairo from May 21-25 to look at the effects of the European Neighbourhood Policy on Egypt. The group was accompanied by print trainers Gareth Harding and Steve Hoselitz, TV trainer David Quin and Project Director Bettina Peters.

Over five days, participants focused on the ENP's implications for Egypt, by far the most largest and most strategic country in the Euromed partnership. The first two days were dedicated to briefings from European Commission representatives and officials from the Egyptian trade and health ministries. The groups also met with ambassadors and policy experts. On the third day, journalists visited two EU funded projects in the health and education fields - a state-of-the-art hospital and a training centre for former street children. They were also briefed by the director of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood and officials from the ministry of education.

After a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association, participants worked on their stories, which were presented to the entire group Friday.
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Tue 1 May, 2007

Séminaire de presse écrite francophone à Rabat (Maroc) du 16 au 20 avril 2007.

Dix journalistes de presse écrite de langue française ont participé, une semaine durant, à Rabat, au séminaire qui avait pour thème « les relations bilatérales entre l’Union Européenne et les pays MEDA : l’exemple du Maroc ». Originaires de pays francophones (Algérie, Liban, Maroc et Tunisie) les journalistes ont sillonné la partie orientale du Maroc (Oujda, Berkane, Saidia,…) les 17 et 18 avril où ils ont constaté de visu les réalisations de projets financés par l’Union Européenne, notamment la station d’épuration d’eaux usées à Berkane et l’hôpital et l’un des centres de soins d’Oujda.

Ouvert le 16 avril à Rabat par M. Bruno Dethomas, ambassadeur de l’Union Européenne au Maroc, le séminaire a alterné visites, rencontres et ateliers pédagogiques. Il est vrai que ces derniers ont été les parents pauvres de notre semaine bien chargée et lourde en distances kilométriques.

M. Dethomas a fait un brillant exposé sur l’état d’avancement des projets, chiffres à l’appui, sur la mise en œuvre du plan d’action et de la finalisation de la programmation (2007-2013). Il s’est félicité des progrès du Maroc et de la bonne gouvernance dont il fait preuve. Dans la même journée, les journalistes ont suivi avec beaucoup d’attention l’intervention de M. Nabil Adgoughi, chef de division de l’Union européenne au Ministère des Affaires Etrangères à Rabat. Celui-ci s’est attardé sur le « statut avancé » que le Maroc appelle de tous ses vœux. avec l‘Union européenne.

Outre, les thèmes de l’eau et de la santé, des éléments fondamentaux de la vie, la question des flux migratoires n’a pas été occultée. A Oujda, une rencontre-débat avec les réseaux associatifs (Hicham Baraka, pour ABCDS et le professeur Bentahar, président d’un réseau d’association) a permis aux journalistes de mesurer la gravité du phénomène migratoire. Dès le lendemain à Rabat, l’intervention du Dr Javier Gabaldon, délégué de Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) au Maroc est venue confirmer celle-ci.

Différent des deux précédents séminaires, de par son lieu (pays MEDA), son programme (thématique) et la variété des sites locaux (Rabat, Oujda, et Berkane), de nombreuses visites ont pu jouer contre la montre et notamment le temps de formation pédagogique. L’expérience du Maroc reste toutefois entière et sous le signe de l’accueil exceptionnel et de l’hospitalité réservés à nos journalistes à Oujda et Berkane.

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Thu 5 April, 2007

L’aide et la coopération de l’Union Européenne (UE) à la société civile des pays MEDA

Pas moins de 12 journalistes de la presse audiovisuelle (04 journalistes radio et 08 journalistes-télé) francophone (Algérie, Egypte, Maroc, Liban, Syrie, Tunisie) ont participé du 26 au 30 mars 2007 à l’Institut Pratique du Journalisme (Paris) à un séminaire qui avait pour thème « l’aide et la coopération de l’Union Européenne à la société civile des pays MEDA ». Second séminaire d’un cycle de 05, celui-ci avait pour but de permettre aux journalistes d’entrevoir les projets financés par l’UE dont les principaux acteurs sont les associations des deux rives de la méditerranée. Introduit par Yves Gazzo, représentant de l’UE à Paris, ce séminaire a été conçu de telle sorte que les journalistes puissent assister à des rencontres-débats et se rendre sur le terrain pour leurs reportages et interviews.
La variété des informations, rencontres, et la documentation fournie ont suscité des angles de sujets forts intéressants. Des sujets de reportages sur la jeunesse, l’égalité hommes-femmes ont été les thèmes dominants. Les journalistes se sont beaucoup interrogés sur la qualité et le volume de l’aide ainsi que les actions de l’UE auprès de leur pays d’accueil. N’ont pas été épargnées les difficultés apparentes rencontrées par les associations d’accueil du recours au financement de leurs projets.
Il est vrai que certains d’entre eux sont restés sur leur faim et auraient souhaité donner la parole et avoir des images des associations de leur pays. L’idéal aurait été que de tels sujets puissent avoir une suite sur la rive sud de la méditerranée.
Malgré un programme bien chargé, les journalistes-radio ont eu l’opportunité de rendre visite à leurs confrères de Radio-France Internationale (RFI). Par ailleurs, l’ensemble du groupe a été reçu, en une visite-éclair, par le directeur de la communication à l’Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA).
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Mon 19 February, 2007

Relations with the EU, as seen from a Newcomer country, Cyprus

Communities divided, suspicions growing on both sides, and the EU stuck in the middle. Familiar themes for the Arab reporters who gathered for the second Europe for Mediterranean Journalist meeting of the Anglophone broadcast group earlier this month.

What wasn’t so familiar was the location; Cyprus. With negotiations on ending the 30 year stand off between the Turkish controlled north and the southern Republic of Cyprus going nowhere fast, what lessons did Cyprus hold for our team?

The role of the EU and international mediators under UN auspices came under the spotlight of many in the team. What effect will the upcoming entry of the Republic in the Euro zone have on the economy on the island; will it push the sides even further apart, widening the wealth gap across the divided communities? And has EU/UN mediation efforts over the years, including monitoring an ossified buffer zone, simply weakened the will of many to solve their own problems?

For many in the 15 strong group from Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Turkey and Palestine, the week long series of on-location shoots, briefings, discussions raised important issues that resonate back home. If the EU cannot bring effective pressure to bear in Cyprus, with one side already in the club and the other backed by Turkey, an aspirant member, what hope does EU diplomacy have in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, or in helping address the conflict in Lebanon?

All these questions and more were hammered into shape for TV and radio news packages produced and edited in Cyprus, where practical, hands on training from the Thomson Foundation developed the teams’ skills in editing and writing to pictures for the digital era.

Wed 31 January, 2007

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Tue 30 January, 2007

The Neighbourhood Policy at work: Journalists Report from Jordan

Ten journalists from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Turkey met in Amman, Jordan from January 22-27 to discuss how to report EU-Mediterranean trade stories. The training course, part of the Europe for Mediterranean Journalists programme, was the second session for print journalists after a December focus on the European Neighbourhood Programme in Brussels.

Led by trainer David Quin and assisted by EJC trainer Gareth Harding, participants learned how to make often dull trade stories interesting. Focusing on trade between Jordan and the EU, they looked at whether free trade with Europe was actually benefiting Jordanians. ‘Yes’ was the answer from senior EU and Jordanian officials, but the view from an Brussels-funded laboratory factory floor was less resounding, with many criticizing the Union’s failure to stump up funds for equipment. Other visits included a giant LG electronic goods factory outside Amman and a briefing at the Food and Drug Administration.

Participants were briefed by local journalists from the BBC and the Al Dustour and Jordan Times newspapers and had lively dinner discussions over humus and fattoush.

Mon 29 January, 2007

Reporting on Neighbourly Relations

The European Neighbourhood Policy, how it works and what it means for people from Southern Mediterranean countries was at the heart of a seminar that took place in Brussels on January 15-19. Eleven TV and radio journalists from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria worked together in editorial teams and produced ready-to-air programme packages on a range of issues related to the neighbourhood policy. Some journalists focused on if and how the neighbourhood policy affects relations between EU citizens and the migrant population from the Mediterranean in Europe. They asked the question what defines good neighbourhood relations and whether the policy meets its objectives. Others reviewed how their countries’ representations in Brussels deal with the EU within the neighbourhood policy. Interviews with EU officials, representatives of the European Parliament, NGOs and “the man in the street” ensured that the journalists learnt about and reported on the neighbourhood policy with a good set of contacts and background information.
The seminar is organised as part of the Europe for Mediterranean Journalists project which aims to bring together journalists from the region and provide a news-focused training programme on EU-Mediterranean relations.

Wed 24 January, 2007

Séminaire de presse audiovisuelle francophone à Bruxelles (15 au 19 janvier 2007).

Bruxelles a accueilli cette semaine onze journalistes de radio-TV francophones pour le dernier séminaire du thème « Comprendre la Politique Européenne de Voisinage ». Venant d’Algérie, d’Egypte, de Jordanie, du Liban, du Maroc et de Syrie, les journalistes ont chacun produit un reportage qu’ils diffuseront sur leurs ondes ou petit écran.

Outre les représentants de leurs pays, ils ont été reçus par Mme Gallach, porte-parole de Javier Solana, ont eu la visite de Mary thérésa Moran, coordinatrice de la Politique Européenne de Voisinage et celle de Mlle Chrystelle Lucas, de l’Europe Office Aid.

Un programme dense leur a permis, entre les tournages et montages, de rencontrer Mme Sandrine Grenier, chef de bureau à Bruxelles du réseau méditerranéen des droits de l’homme, Ali Yurttagul, expert auprès du groupe des Verts du Parlement européen, les journalistes Tarek Mahmoud, de l’Agence MENA et Hughes Beaudouin, de LCI, accrédités à Bruxelles.

Un accueil chaleureux leur a été réservé, par ailleurs, par Benoit Ballon Perrin, directeur de l’information à RTBF et par Emir Kir, Ministre, membre du gouvernement de la région capitale Bruxelles. Une nouvelle approche pédagogique et humaine qui a permis aux participants de mesurer tout l’intérêt de la nouvelle politique européenne et ses impacts dans leurs pays respectifs.

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Fri 29 December, 2006

Last workshop of the year, for English Print group.

A group of 10 journalists from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Turkey visited Brussels from December 11-15, attending the last session of the year, on the European Neighborhood Policy.

Over five days, the reporters visited the EU institutions, had briefings with the spokespeople of the EC, the Council and met with European Parliament officials.

Furthermore, they reported on a foreign ministers meeting dominated by the Cyprus issue and had the opportunity to attend the summit of EU leaders, where foreign policy and expansion of the EU were discussed.

Vox-pop in Brussels, meeting with Emir Kir - a Brussels minister with Turkish roots – and training session from the Thomson Foundation's David Quin, completed the program.

Positive conclusions on the workshop were dampened by the absence of the Palestinian participants. Locked doors out the Gaza Strip, brought us back to the region’s daily struggles, and stiffness of its borders.

Thu 16 November, 2006

Francophone press questions ENP, in situ.

What are ENP’s new challenges? What does the policy bring to The Barcelona Declaration? How is it seen by the neighboring countries’ representatives in Brussels? These are among the questions raised by the 11 journalists, who participated to the workshop, entitled "Making Sense of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP)" held in Brussels from November 6-11.

Participants representing news agencies and papers Maghreb Arabe Presse, Algérie Presse Service, Agence Algérienne d’Information, Tunis Afrique Presse, L‘Orient Le Jour, Al Balad (Lebanon), La Nouvelle Tribune (Morocco), Le Quotidien, le Temps (Tunisia), El Khabar and El Watan (Algeria), were introduced to the ENP, through an interactive and dynamic approach, combining trainings, visits and interviews with officials, correspondents and local newspapers.

Immigration and Security issues in the Middle East were debated while meeting Hélène Flautre, EU deputy and President of Human rights Commission at the European Parliament and with Christina Gallach, spokes-person of Javier Solana (Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union).

Fawzi Fawaz, Lebanon’s Ambassadeur expressed to l’Orient le jour and Sada el balad, his concerns about stability in his country, necessary to conduct a stronger cooperation with the EU, while, on an interview given to El Khabar, El Watan and news agencies APS and AAI, Algeria’s Ambassador Halim Benatalah, described the country’s position regarding the ENP, as “not (being) a priority on the agenda”.

Emma Edwin, spokesperson of Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, in charge of External Relations and ENP, stressed on the differences between the Mediterranean countries involved, and the implementation framework they will adopt to achieve the policy.

The enlargement of the EU to Turkey - hottest topic of the week, with the Commission’s report, released on the 8th of November - fed many discussions and articles to be published in the participating media, with a shared forecast: “a long way to go”.


Thu 28 September, 2006

Contribution from Fathi Nattour, the president of Maan TV Network and director of Farah TV and radio

Ma'an - The President of Ma'an TV Network has recently taken part in a special European Union media workshop entitled "Making Sense of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)".

Twelve journalists from a number of different countries along the southern and eastern edges of the Mediterranean participated in this workshop, held in Brussels in Belgium from September 11-15. Fathi Nattour, the president of Maan TV Network and director of Farah TV and radio station in Nablus, joined representatives from Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, Amman Net radio, Ash-Shabab ('Youth') radio in Syria, Egyptian TV Channel 2, CNN-Turkey, Israeli TV Channels 1 and 2.

Read the full article on the Ma'an website

Wed 27 September, 2006

Contribution by Cemil Onur Tan (CNN Türk)




Thu 21 September, 2006

Mediterranean Journalists Put the EU on their News Agenda

The first session of the programme, which took place in Brussels from September 11-15, produced a range of news packages that are broadcast in twelve TV and radio stations across the region.

The news packages covered different issues related to the EU and the Mediterranean region, ranging from news items on the EU’s position towards the proposed unity government in the Palestinian Territories to the challenges facing Europe in building an identity for all its citizens including migrant Moslem populations.

The programmes can be viewed on the Forum page of this web-site : Your Stories (articles and programmes) and Making Sense of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

Given the situation in the Middle East, much of the programme focused on the discussion within the EU on its involvement in Lebanon and dealings with the proposed unity government in the Palestinian Territories, but the journalists used the opportunity to get the views of Europeans on these questions as well as preparing feature programmes that deal with EU issues more generally.

The programmes centered on news production, participants got acquainted with how the EU works and what actions are taken within the European Neighbourhood Policy by interviewing officials from the Commission, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Member States as well as getting the views from EU experts, NGOs and “the person on the street”.

As one participant remarked: “We know what is going on in the EU in relation to our country, but at home we get the view of our politicians etc, and here in Brussels, we get a much better idea of how policies are being arrived at and how the European public sees things.”

Journalists from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Turkey worked together for five days in Brussels meeting EU officials, NGO representatives, filming in the EU buildings and on the streets of Brussels.



Seminar participants relax with the trainer after the news packages are completed



Participants discuss with colleagues from the EU during a joint dinner....

The seminar programme can be viewed on the Forum page of this web-site.

There will be three more seminars on EU policies in Brussels you can post story ideas, comments and questions on the Forum pages.

Thu 21 September, 2006

TV Executives from around the World Meet in Istanbul

TV and radio stations participating in the Europe for Mediterranean Journalists programme will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with colleagues from around the world at the NewsXchange Conference taking place in Istanbul on November 2-3.

More information on the conference can be found at http://www.newsxchange.org/.

The detailed programme will be posted in the next weeks on the Forum page of this web-site. Watch this space...