The Dutch-speaking Press Council of Belgium and the Council for Mass Media in Finland will advise and support journalist associations in Greece, Malta and Slovenia in establishing a press council in their country. This partnership is possible thanks to the Media Councils in the Digitals Age project, which is funded by the European Commission.
The Panhellenic Federation of Journalists Unions, the Institute of Maltese Journalists and the Slovenian Association of Journalists applied for the EU-funded program Support to organizations planning to set up a press or media council that was launched at the beginning of July. They intend to establish an independent press council in collaboration with media organizations in their country, and are looking for substantive advice and consultancy.
The Dutch-speaking Press Council of Belgium and the Finnish Council for Mass Media have been participating in the Media Councils in the Digital Age project since its inception in 2019 and will base their consultancy on, among other things, the comparative research conducted by the Belgian Press Council to the organisation and operation of more than 30 press councils.
They will lead workshops in Athens, Valletta and Ljubljana in the coming months with representatives from journalists' associations and media organisations. Based on this, they will write a strategic report, which the journalist associations can then use to further work and negotiate with potential stakeholders to establish a press council.