[FoME] Media Support to the Balkans: An Assessment

Christoph Dietz christoph.dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Do Aug 23 13:49:58 CEST 2007

Aaron Rhodes:
Ten Years of Media Support to the Balkans: An Assessment.
Press Now / Stability Pact for South East Europe, 2007, 47 p.

"Media support as a central strategy of foreign assistance in the
Western Balkans emerged in the context of decades of state and party
control, which prevented the development of independent and professional
media, and the emergence of nationalist regimes that ruthlessy used
media to foster ethnic divisions and violence in the region, especially
in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. From 1995 to 2005, the
international community provided significant support to media in the
Western Balkans. The Media Task Force of the Stability Pact for South
East Europe commissioned this Assessment to gauge the impact of past
support and to provide recommendations (lessons learned) for future
support to media." (Zitat: Klappentext Rückseite).

... "The report was developed from interview data, with reference to
existing evaluations and other literature. A meta-analysis of 37
existing evaluations of media assistance projects in the Balkans was
commissioned by the Media Task Force and Press Now .... This report does
not enumerate, categorize, analyze or evaluate all that has been done.
That would be impossible in a brief report. Instead, the assessment
presents the broad politicial and media effects of a ten-year period of
intense engagement in media support by a wide range of actors" (Zitat
aus dem Vorwort, S.9).

I. Goals and Objectives of Media Support
II. Direct Support for Media and for Content
III. The Reform of Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
IV. Support for Training and Education
V. Support for Media Institutions
VI. Conclusions and Recommendations

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