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  Issue 61

   

OBSE seminars for eco-journalists

The environment knows no bounds 

For many people ecology is the shortest way for our region to the European Union. It’s obvious that the European Union won’t tolerate filth in its surrounding. Because of that the media reports for the environment is of substantial importance, as well as increasing the conscience of the citizens and pointing out the importance of the protection of the environment, and because the ecology knows no bounds, the international cooperation is very important.
A series of seminars for journalists who report for the environment organized by the mission of OBSE in Serbia with support from UNESCO, at which in the past twelve months over fifty journalists from the countries of former Yugoslavia took part, gave a support to the journalists to improve their skills, to sharpen their pencils and to attract the attention of the public for all lasting and emergent environmental problems. It’s a fact that in the past few years the environmental topics in our region attracted the attention of the world public. For example, the leak of cyanide in Romania, the consequences from the war for the environment in the Balkans, pollution of the soil, pollution of the rivers Danube and Sava, as well as other bigger and smaller rivers in the Balkans. It’s understandable that the attention of the government and the public has to be directed towards these problems, and the journalists play a key role here.

-OBSE always pays great attention to the importance of the media and through our media department we have a great cooperation with the journalists, said the head of the OBSE mission in Serbia, Hans Ole Urstad, at the round table that took place in June in Belgrade, as a conclusion to the one-year programme for journalists reporting for the environment.

The moderators at the round table, Paul Aidyle, a long-time journalist for the agency Reuters and Alex Kirby from BBC, pointed out that the journalist should conquer the field of reporting for ecology step by step. “It’s nice to know what you write about, the journalist should be informed. But, the most important thing is how he will transfer all that to the public. Not too professionally, so that everyone can understand, but with precise information”, pointed out Kirby.

It’s certainly very important for the journalists to hear what’s happening in the areas from where their colleagues come and how they manage the problems they meet.  Mutual evaluation of the journalists from the region was that the most difficult part is to get to the information that is supposed to be delivered by the state institutions, the positive role of the nongovernmental institutions was pointed out, as well as the fact that the experts aren’t prepared to talk openly about the environmental problems, especially when they come across data that are worrying for the human health.

-Sometimes it happens the experts to tell us “it’s OK, here are the data, publish them, but don’t mention my name, I don’t even want to appear in a certain medium. This is actually a big problem for the journalists, because the public wants to know about the credibility of the source, the authenticity of the information”, agreed the participants at the round table.

What is certainly the most important thing from the series of seminars by OBSE is the series of texts, radio and TV-broadcasts, that the journalists from former Yugoslavia made together for the environmental problems that bother the Western Balkans.

Thus, the journalists from the written media in the special issue of the Belgrade daily newspaper “Danas” published their texts that express the environmental problems in their areas, but in order not to present only dark things, all journalists gave one positive example from their regions. Thus, the journalist from Ljubljana, Sasa Patejan, was writing about the prohibition for producing asbestos products, that came into force nine years ago, but even later epidemics of dangerous asbestos diseases was revealed whose consequences will be realized after two decades. “I think that it’s very important the public to be informed about everything, especially when it comes to health”, says Patejan. The journalists from Croatia decided to write about unlicensed rubbish dumps, which are obviously a cancer for the whole region, while from Macedonia there was an article about Veles, which according to pollution is one of the darkest spots in Europe. The installment of purification stations on Ohrid Lake was presented as a positive example from Macedonia, which contributed the water in the lake to become considerably clearer. Also the Serbian example of the town Pancevo, which is near the Serbian capital and which is more than polluted because of the chemical industry in that town, shows that not only the cities in Macedonia suffer from pollution because of old technology and transferring the responsibility. And while the state and the courts don’t admit the data from the pollution measurements, the number of diseased from respiratory infections and illnesses in the town Pancevo increases.

In that way, the OBSE seminars showed that the journalists from the region need this kind of seminars for mutual introducing, exchanging experience and mutual cooperation. Because the environment knows no bounds, doesn’t it?

 

M. K.
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