Legal Leaks training in Skopje Print
Monday, 20 October 2014

In the context of the South East Europe Media Forum, a regional conference organized with the support of UNESCO and the European Commission, Access Info Europe and UNESCO held its 6th Legal Leaks training seminar in the South East Europe region in collaboration with the Macedonian Institute for Media.


The training took place in Skopje on 16 October 2014 and had as trainers: Helen Darbishire, executive director of Access Info Europe; Victoria Anderica, legal researcher and campaigner in Access Info Europe; and Gavin Sheridan, investigative journalist and FOI expert.


The Macedonian version of the Legal Leaks Toolkit, a guide for journalists on how to access public information, was presented and distributed to the participants of the training and is also available online. The toolkit, which was written by Access Info Europe and n-ost, has been adapted to the Macedonian Legal Framework by the Center for Civil Communications.

Legal Leaks training in Belgrade: Truth seeking requires skills Print
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Belgrade was the fifth and last stop of the Legal Leaks training tour for media professionals in South East Europe.


The workshop held on 16 and 17 June 2014 was opened by Rodoljub Sabic, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection in Serbia, who highlighted the importance of journalists for public debate and the need for access to information to reinforce the role they play in the society. "Truth seeking requires skills," he told the around 30 journalists from around the country.


The event was organized by UNESCO in cooperation with Access Info Europe, the Press Council of Serbia and SEENPM. On the first day, Access Info Europe presented the updated version of the Legal Leaks Toolkit which is tailored to the Serbian legal framework and available in the local language. Journalists shared their experiences using access to information laws and raised several important issues such as exceptions and the right of access to emails.

Legal Leaks training in Podgorica focuses on media self-regulation and access to information Print
Saturday, 14 June 2014

"There is a weak culture of investigative journalism in Montenegro, with young journalists not being encouraged by editors to use the access to information law," stated participants in last week’s Legal Leaks training in Podgorica.


Long timeframes for responding to requests for information and complex appeals procedures were also concerns raised by the participants in the training, which took place on 12 and 13 June 2014 and was organized by UNESCO in cooperation with Access Info Europe, the Media Self-Regulation Council and South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM). The event gathered around 20 journalists.

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