UNESCO launches new campaign for improvement of journalists’ working conditions in South East Europe and Turkey
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), a project partner of UNESCO has launched an online awareness raising video campaign about the poor working conditions of journalists and media workers in South East Europe and Turkey.
“Recently I met a journalist who works more than 8 hours every day including Saturday and Sunday for around 200 euros per month” witnesses Rea Adilagic from the Bosnia and Herzegovina journalists’ association in one video clips of the campaign.
“In Turkey, I know a journalist working for the international press and he only gets 400 Euros per month. How can we expect him to produce quality stories and make in-depth analysis? Moreover in my country, one third of the journalists are unemployed,” observes Mustafa Kuleli from the Journalist’ union of Turkey in another video clip.
This online campaign gathers testimonies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), where many journalists often face steep difficulties such as job insecurity and low wages. It was launched within the framework of the UNESCO EU funded project Building Trust in Media in South East Europe.
The project aims to improve the internal governance of media organizations based on the commitment of media owners and editors to respect clearly defined professional and labour standards. The project has enabled the Labour Rights Expert Group (LAREG) of the EFJ to transform into LAREG + by welcoming representatives from South East Europe and Turkey, providing a unique platform for exchange of best practices between EU and EU candidate countries on journalists' working conditions.
With this campaign, UNESCO and the EFJ are seeking to advocate for better working conditions of journalists and media workers in the region to support quality journalism and build trust in media #TrustInMediaSEE.