The new web section is part of the UNESCO website "Professional journalistic standards and codes of ethics" and features a public knowledge resource about the media landscape in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo (under UN Resolution 1244).
The new section provides an overview of the main pieces of legislation regulating journalism and media in the region. It also assesses the media freedom situation and presents existing regulators, press councils and relevant professional networks for each country, with - where available - a link to their website. The webpage is a tool for everyone seeking up-to-date information.
Relevant publications, as well as a list of partners in the region, are also available, together with information about a new project financed by the European Commission to enhance freedom of expression through fostering ethical and professional standards in journalism.
In the framework of this project, UNESCO is planning a survey and a series of local events on the issue of hate speech in online media in South East Europe and Turkey. The first roundtable discussion seminar will take place in Belgrade, Serbia on 22 May 2013 and will be followed by an event in Podgorica, Montenegro on 24 May. It is expected that participants of those events discuss how media accountability mechanisms can best address hate speech in online media.