CDRSEE Board Member and former Executive Director Nenad Sebek has been given the SEEMO 2014 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, which is presented in honour of CDRSEE Board Chairman Dr Erhard Busek who has worked for reconciliation in Southeast Europe for much of his career. Dr Busek, who sponsors the award, also serves as the Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and is Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).
Sebek, who currently serves as spokesperson for the Regional Cooperation Council, accepted the award, thanking Dr Busek for his leadership and inspiration in working for reconciliation and understanding in the region.
Sebek started his career as a journalist, covering the region, including during times of conflict, for the BBC and other media, always with the goal of improving communication and understanding. Twelve years ago he switched his focus to non-governmental agencies, working to build bridges and send a message of tolerance and understanding through education and media projects. Most of his experience is with the CDRSEE, where he was instrumental in the success of the Joint History Project and “Okruzenje”, or “Vicinities” in English, and many other programmes.
The presentation was part of the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), held Oct. 16-18, 2014, in Skopje. The conference strived to answer the question, “Media in South East Europe: Not enough or too much information?” Speakers and panelists, including policy makers, editors and journalists, attorneys and many others, came from across the region to address the media and politics, effects on EU integration, media integrity, access to public information, data and source protection, censorship, reporting during wartime, as well as other timely topics.