Among various information and educational project the following
- Informative-education brochures "From a different angle" and
"Election Chance" for parliamentary elections in Bosnia and
Herzegovina , 1998.
- Informative - education brochures for local elections in
Dubrovnik - Neretva county , 1999.
- Local journalism in the function of strengthening civil
- Radio shows and brochure "Right to return and stay" about
the possibilities of return for Croatian refugees in Bosnia and
- Informative - educational service and radio shows for
general elections in Croatia , 2000.
- Regional Informative - educational service and radio shows
for the culture of minority rights and inter-ethnic tolerance ,
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia , 2001.
- Radio shows about the possibilities and conditions of return
of Serbian refugees from Croatia in 2001.
- Regional info-service for two-way return of Croatian and
Serbian refugees , 2001.
- Seminar for young journalist from Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Croatia and FR Yugoslavia "Role of media in fight against
- Regional info service for two-way return of Croatian and
Serbian refugees, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FR
- Guide to local democracy, Croatia, 2002
- Educational - informative service for promotion of minority
rights and inter-ethnic tolerance, Croatia , 2002/2003.
- Media network for truth and reconciliation, Bosnia and
Herezegovina , Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003
- Educational and information support to implementation and
protection of national minorities and strengthening of
inter-ethnic tolerance, Croatia, 2004/2005
- National Minorities - Bridges of Cooperation and Stability
Factor between former Yugoslav Countries - Croatia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004/ 2005
- Role of local media in strengthening local democracy and
development of civil society, Croatia, 2004/ 2005
Media promotion and civil education for
protection of minority rights and strengthening inter-ethnic
STINA news agency,
which has been working for some time on various media and educational
programs supporting culture of minority rights and inter-ethnic
tolerance, is starting a new project on minority issues.
The goal of
the project is to contribute to implementation of Constitutional
Law on National Minorities, to inform and educate the public
about importance of minority rights and inter-ethnic tolerance
for stability and democratization of Croatian society on its
way to European union; to aid minorities and their associations
in achieving a more active role in society; and to contribute
to strengthening of the culture of tolerance in society in general.
project which will last for one year we will publish bi-weekly
electronic media service, print monthly newsletter for national
minorities' councils, produce promotional radio shows, organize
journalistic seminars and print educational manuals.
is produced for media, NGOs, councils and representatives of
national minorities, local authorities, all institutions willing
to aid that the culture of protection of national minorities
and spirit of tolerance become an important element of stability
and democracy in Croatian society.
implemented with financial support of the EU as part of CARDS
2002 program: Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights.
BILTEN "Manjinski forum"
12 issues of MINORITY FORUM covered, among else, the following
issues: Constituting councils of national minorities, Minorities
in election legislation, Position of Roma in Croatia and Europe,
NGOs dealing with protection of human rights about minority
rights in Croatia, Position of old and new minorities, Implementation
of Framework Convention for Rights of National Minorities, Education
and training of national minorities, Minorities and religious
communities, Minorities and elections, European Union and national
minorities, Local elections and minority rights, Implementation
of Constitutional law on national minorities.
We have published
300 items - 70 journalists, experts, parliamentary representatives,
representatives of minority organizations, councils and coordinations
took part in FORUM.
FORUM br.1., svibanj 2004. Vodeća tema: KONSTITUIRANJE
VIJEĆA NACIONALNIH MANJINA Pišu i govore: Aleksandar
Tolnauer, Stojan Obradović, Sanja Vukičević, Nikola Mak,
Furio Radin, Šemso Tanković, Ratko Gajica, Zdenka Čuhnil,
Jene Adam, Goran Vežić, Nenad Vukadinović, Branko Galić,
Siniša Tatalović i Davor Gjenero
FORUM br.2., lipanj 2004. Vodeća tema: MANJINE U IZBORNOM
ZAKONODAVSTVU Pišu i govore: FurioRradin, Stojan Obradović,
Zdenka Čuhnil, Goran Vežić, Šemso Tanković, Jadranka Kosor,
Enis Zebić, Davor Gjenero i Vanja Škorić
FORUM br.3., srpanj 2004. Vodeća tema: POLOŽAJ ROMA U
HRVATSKOJ I EUROPI Pišu i govore: Michael Guet, Stojan
Obradović, Nazif Memedi, Goran Vežić, Bajro Bajrić, Alija
Mešić, Branko Galić, Ilija Krneta, Milan Cimeša, Stjepan
Malović, Alessandro Fracassetti, Sanja Vukčević, Zdenka
Čuhnil i Nikola Mak
FORUM br.4., kolovoz 2004. Vodeća tema: NEVLADINE ORGANIZACIJE
ZA ZAŠTITU LJUDSKIH PRAVA O MANJINSKIM PRAVIMA U RH
Pišu i govore: Žarko Puhovski, Sanja Vukčević, Sanja Vukičević,
Zoran Pusić, Gordana Vilović, Geza Stantić, Tena Erceg,
Davor Derenčinović i Davor Gjenero
FORUM br.5., rujan 2004. Vodeća tema: POLOŽAJ STARIH
I NOVIH MANJINA Pišu i govore: Čedomir Višnjić, Sanja
Vukčević, Maurizio Tremul, Goran Vežić, Mirko Marković,
Kasum Cana, Darko Fischer, Ivana Kukić, Bojan Munjin, Sanja
Vukičević i Davor Gjenero
FORUM br.6., listopad 2004. Vodeća tema: PROVOĐENJE OKVIRNE
KONVENCIJE ZA ZAŠTITU MANJINSKIH PRAVA Pišu i govore:
Silvio Forza, Čedomir Višnjić, Siniša Tatalović, David Orlović,
Nazif Memedi, Sead Berberović, Zdenka Čuhnil, Milena Klajner,
Sanja Zoričić-Tabaković, Vojislav Stanimirović, Goran Vežić,
Alekdandar Tolnauer, Ljubomir Mikić, Stojan Obradović, Alan
Phillips, Davor Kajin i Ivan-Filip Jakopović
FORUM br.7., studeni 2004. Vodeća tema: OBRAZOVANJE I
OSPOSOBLJAVANJE NACIONALNIH MANJINA Pišu i govore: Saša
Milošević, Goran Vežić, Ana Kovačević, Ivana Kukić, Jagoda
Novak, Sanja Vukčević, Bojan Munjin, Kristina Babić, Biljana
Kondić, Stojan Obradović i Tomislav Leniček
FORUM br.8., prosinac 2004. Vodeća tema: MANJINE I VJERSKE
ZAJEDNICE Pišu i govore: Danijel Prerad, Mladen Obrenović,
Lovorka Kušan, Sanja Vukčević, Nikola Mak, Ivana Kukić,
Predrag Azap, Mile Bogović i Sanja Vukičević
FORUM br.9., siječanj 2005. Vodeća tema: MANJINE I IZBORI
Pišu i govore: Drago Hedl, Zdenka Čuhnil, Lenka Lalić, Antonija
Horvat, Danijel Prerad, Bojan Munjin, Sanja Vukčević i Mladen
FORUM br.10., veljača 2005. Vodeća tema: EUROPSKA UNIJA
I NACIONALNE MANJINE Pišu i govore: Jagoda Novak, Antonija
Horvat, Siniša Tatalović, Davor Gjenero, Jasna Mileta i
FORUM br.11., ožujak 2005. Vodeća tema: LOKALNI IZBORI
I MANJINSKA PRAVA Pišu i govore: Lidija Basta - Fleiner,
Jasna Baštić, Davor Gjenero, Goran Vežić, Mirko Galić, Milan
Simurdić, Aleksandar Tolnauer, Čedomir Višnjić, Milorad
Pupovac, Silvio Forza i Antonija Horvat
FORUM br.12., travanj 2005. Vodeća tema: PRIMJENA USTAVNOG
ZAKONA O PRAVIMA NACIONALNIH MANJINA Pišu i govore:
Aleksandar Tolnauer, Stojan Obradović, Furio Radin, Nikola
Mak, Šemso Tanković, Milorad Pupovac, Zdenka Čuhnil, Antonija
Horvat, David D.Orlović, Silvio Forza i Goran Vežić
I. PUBLIC AND MINORITIES
Slavonski Brod from 17th - 19th June 2004.
Seminar covered the following subjects:
- new constitutional law on national minorities and minority policy
- minority rights in post-conflict societies
- European standards of minority policy
- role of media in realization of minority rights
- ethical aspects of minority reporting
- interesting the public in minority issues
- role of media in fight against hate speech
II. MINORITIES AS BRIDGES FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION
Vukovar 28th-30th October 2004.
Regional seminar for journalist from Croatia, B-H, Serbia and
Montenegro covered the following issues:
- development of minority rights as conflict prevention
- minority policy and European models of good relations between
- media in development of post-conflict cooperation
- local media in promotion of minority rights
- minorities and possibilities for regional cooperation
- regional cooperation among media in overcoming the conflicts
stabilization of the region
- how to create and use regional media networks
III. ROLE OF MEDIA IN PROMOTION OF THE CULTURE OF MINORITY
RIGHTS AND INTER-ETHNIC TOLERANCE"
Vodice, 28th - 30th April, 2005
Council for National Minorities and STINA news agency have organized
educational seminar for editors and journalists in national minorities'
media and media programs dealing with national minorities in Vodice
from 28th to 30th April. The goal of the seminar was to contribute
to training editors and journalists in mentioned media and programs
to cover minority issues in a better and more adequate manner
for the general public and to contribute to informing public and
so-called majority media about minority problems.
Seminar covered the following issues:
- Constitutional Law on National Minorities: achievements and
- Role of media in promoting minority rights
- Perception of national minorities in Croatian media
- Examples of good practice: how to make media problems relevant
to majority media
- Civic sector and media coverage of minority issues
- Minorities in media: how to avoid marginalization, sensationalism
and partisanship of minority issues
- Fight against media ghettoization of minority issues
- How should minorities communicate with the public
Role of local media in strengthening local
democracy and development of civic society
That goal of
this project is to train and motivate local media to educate,
inform and motivate citizens to actively participate in local
self-government, and control local authorities.
be implemented as special monthly educational service (12 issues)
meant for local print media; 50 educational live radio shows
with listeners' participation; 2 workshops for 30 local journalists
and a guide through local democracy as a handbook.
have an important role in creating models for active participation
of citizens in improving local democracy. They can provide significant
contribution to education of citizens, creating public dialogue
about local problems (and projects in general) and ways to resolve
them, and be a significant watchdog of local democracy. Local
media may become an important element of educating and motivating
citizens to get involved in local democracy and strengthening
civic society as basic condition for those processes.
With the implementation
of this project STINA will contribute to training of local media
for that role and, via them, raising interest and motivating
citizens for a more active and efficient participation in developing
civic society, democratization and reforms of local communities.
implemented with financial support of the EU as part of EIDHR
2001 program: European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights.
National minorities - bridges of cooperation
and stabilty factor between former Yugoslav countries
The goal of this project
is to establish media network which will promote the role of
national minorities and inter-ethnic tolerance as factors of
cooperation and stability in the region and train journalist
for the coverage of those demanding issues.
Pilot phase of this
project will last for six months and include three countries
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and Montenegro.
Project will be realized by the following media institutions:
(Split, Croatia), Media
(Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Novi
Sad School of Journalism
(Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro).
of this project is important in order to facilitate exchange
of information, experience and solutions regarding position
of minorities, as well as pointing out different possibilities
of how minorities can become bridges of cooperation instead
of being parts of conflict
of these issues will help in overcoming prejudices created during
conflict as well as political and ideological manipulations.
Development of the culture of minority rights and inter-ethnic
tolerance is a key element of strengthening civic society and
democratic processes in general.
of this pilot project will enable additional education in post-conflict
communication for journalist participating in it, and promotion
of diversity which is an activity journalists in former Yugoslav
countries are inadequately trained for.
The project will be
implemented in two basic forms:
- bi-weekly electronic
newsletter "REGIONAL NEWSLETTER FOR PROMOTION OF CULTURE
OF MINORITY RIGHTS AND INTER-ETHNIC TOLERANCE" containing
articles and interviews regarding the issues of minority rights
and inter-ethnic tolerance, primarily intended for print media
(but also to NGOs, various institutions dealing with minority
- periodical joint
radio shows (with audio clips from all three countries) which
could be basis for live radio program (live audience participation)
of local radio stations in regard to various issues related
to minority rights protection and inter-ethnic tolerance in
the countries involved in the project
This project is supported
BALKAN TRUST FOR DEMOCRACY
Information news service for Bosina and
National Endowment for Democracy
(NED, Washington) STINA
is also covering events and processes in the part of Bosnia
and Herzegovina with Croatian majority. Those news items (print
and phono articles) are primarily intended for independent media
in both Bosnian entities (Federation and Serb Republic).
political events, STINA is also covering issues of refugee return,
protection of human and minority rights, establishment of inter-ethnic
trust, actions of NGOs and alternative political scene, Croatian
politics towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, possibilities of a
greater economic cooperation, etc.
MEDIAnet project is being implemented since March 1st, 2004
through a partnership consisting of ZaMirNET
STINA News Agency and the Faculty of the Political Science in
Zagreb, that combines extensive, well-recognized national and
international experience in independent media promotion, journalists'
professional skills development training programs and media
professionals networking. Other cooperates of the MEDIANet project
include alternative activist video production FADE IN, Zagreb
and International Center for Education of Journalists of Eastern
and Central Europe from Opatija, as well as the Media Plan Institute,
Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Novi Sad School of Journalism,
Novi Sad in Serbia and Montenegro.
project involves 52 participants from Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro
and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
goals are to strengthen professional skills among young journalists
and students of journalism, local journalists and non-governmental
organizations media officers especially from SEE region, and
to promote new way of activist journalism, awareness of new
topics and opportunities for utilizing electronic media, particularly
video, community radio and Internet to support the development
of inclusive, democratic communities characterized by the strong
and active civil society.
will achieve this by providing training and resources to local
journalists and non-governmental organisations media officers
e.g. producing and disseminating information and materials,
organising training workshops, public forums, establishing journalist'
resource centre and organising an international conference.
Project is implemented
with financial support of the EU, Olof Palme Institute and The
Balkan Trust for Democracy.
REGIONAL PROJECT ON MINORITIES AND INTER-ETHNIC
TOLERANCE - 2000.
STINA and SAFAX
news agencies, sponsored by Westminster Foundation for Democracy,
realized their first regional project of education-informative
service for the culture of minority rights and inter-ethnic
The goal of
this project used by media outlets, NGOs and other institutions
in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina was to promote systematic
and competent informing and education of the public about the
importance of minority rights and inter-ethnic tolerance in
REGIONAL INFOSERVICE FOR CROATIAN AND
SERBIAN REFUGEES - 2001.
STINA and SAFAX
news agencies, sponsored by OSCE mission to Croatia, organized
first regional info service for a two-way return of Croatian
and Serbian refugees from October to December 2001.
The goal of
the project was to initiate direct informing of refugees in
the region (Croatia, Bosnia and FRY) who have interconnected
problems about the possibilities of their return - ranging from
situation in their hometowns, legal return procedures to concrete
information about organizations and institutions which can provide
them with assistance to return.
Regional info news service for CROATIAN
and SERBIAN refugees - 2002.
SAFAX news agencies, sponsored by OSCE mission to Croatia, organized
first regional info service for two-way return of Croatian and
Serbian refugees. The service was set up from October to December
The goal of
the project was to initiate direct informing of the refugees
in the region (Croatia, Bosnia, Yugoslavia), the problems of
which are interconnected, about possibilities for their return
- ranging from situation in their hometowns to legal return
procedures and concrete information about organizations and
institutions which can provide them with assistance to return.
With the new
support from OSCE, STINA continues with the realization of the
project. Until the end of 2002, STINA will publish 9 new issues
of electronic information brochure “RETURN” with the coverage
of current events interesting to Croatian and Serbian refugees
– potential returnees. Together with brochure, STINA will also
produce 12 special radio shows made for potential returnees
with the aim of introducing them with the situation in their
old homes. We will also issue two print brochures (one for Croatian,
another for Serbian refugees) with all information that can
help them both make decision to return, should they decide to
do so, as well as render return more easier.
- Informative-educational service about minority rights and
inter-ethnic tolerance 2002-2003.
Under sponsorship of European Commission embassy in Croatia, STINA
is starting this project, lasting for one year. STINA will produce
bi-weekly publication, radio shows and two special print handbooks
for media, NGOs, various institutions dealing with minority issues
and representatives of local government and political activists.
The goal of this
project is to contribute to a competent informing and education
of the public about values and importance of respecting and protecting
minorities, inter-ethnic tolerance as well as models of organization
of life in multi-ethnic communities as unavoidable conditions
for a complete democratization and development of Croatian society
on its way to integration into Europe.
- Guide to local democracy - 2003.
Under the sponsorship of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, STINA
has been implementing project "Guide to local democracy".
15 special contact radio shows and a print manual will tackle
many relevant issues regarding functioning of local government
and possibilities for better participation of everyday citizens
in the public life of local communities.
Goal of this project
is education and incitement of citizens to participate more fully
in political life of their local communities, influence and control
local government institutions and contribute to strengthening
of civil society by developing civil initiatives.
- Network of independent journalists for Central and Eastern
Europe - NIJ
of Independent Journalists (NIJ) was founded by Institute for
Development of Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE, Washington)
in 1993 with the goal of improving and supporting better cooperation
among independent media and journalists in the region in analysis
of transition events and processes in Central and Eastern Europe
and countries of the former Soviet union. Second goal was to develop
media channels which can offer better and more credible reporting
about the problems of those countries.
In such a way,
NIJ became a kind of forum for comparison of transition experience
of the countries in region, showing their weaknesses, but also
their democratic improvements.
Since 1994 NIJ
has been coordinated by STINA with IDEE support.
Since 1997 NIJ
is a weekly news service which published in-depth analyses and
covers current events in the region.
As a weekly news
service, NIJ published over 280 issues with more than 1000 articles.
Over 50 journalists from 30 countries of Central and Eastern Europe
as well as former Soviet Union participated in NIJ project. NIJ
news service has been used by more than 250 media outlets, NGOs,
international organizations, research institutions and scholars
from 40 countries.
NIJ has been sponsored
by IDEE. NIJ archive is available at IDEE web site at www.idee.org