The session is devoted to illustrate the project Safety Net 4 European Journalist (SN4EJ), lead by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, and carried out together with SEEMOOssigeno Informazione, Professor Eugenia Siapera  (Dublin City University) and a broad network of media partners in 11 European countries. SN4EJ devote a year to studying the freedom of the press in Italy, South East Europe and Turkey: publishing news and investigations, monitoring violations, and carrying out a scientific research in 11 countries on the needs of journalists under threat. I will issue a manual showing concrete ways to support the journalists at risk, and has launched a platform of crowdsourcing in 9 languages and function as a loudspeaker on the social media.


Luisa Chiodi – Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, Director.PhD at the European University Institute of Fiesole (Florence), degree in Political Science at the University of Milan, director of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso since 2006. From 2003 to 2008 she held lectures on ‘Eastern European studies’ at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna and has taught in other university courses in Italy and abroad. She has edited several academic publications and coordinated many research projects. Her research interests focus on civil society and the transnational social dynamics of post-communism.


Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso  website section devoted to the project “Safety Net for European Journalists. A Transnational Support Network for Media Freedom in Italy and South-east Europe”:http://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Media-Freedom-Net

Map of the violations, threats and limitations that European media professionals, bloggers and citizen journalists face on the Ushahidi platform: http://mediafreedom.ushahidi.com/main