Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised the Young Leadership School from 13 to 17 February, at Ivanova korita, within the framework of the project Activate Me!supported by the Ministry of Sports and Youth of the Government of Montenegro.
This seventh generation of the Young Leadership Schoolwas attended by 30 pupils from 17 Montenegrin municipalities: Bar, Tivat, Bijelo Polje, Niksic, Berane, Kotor, Andrijevica, Danilovgrad, Pljevlja, Plav, Herceg Novi, Rozaje, Kolasin, Ulcinj, Podgorica, Mojkovac and Cetinje.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Culture 15 amendments to the Draft Media Law , within the public discussion which this Ministry has earlier published.
The most obvious indicator of shortcomings of the legal text offered by the Ministry of Culture for the public discussion is also number of received amendments, as well as the full consent of significant part of the media community and non-governmental organizations dealing with freedom of expression and media. This was also contributed by the strange decision of the Government to enter into drafting of the Media Law without assessment of the application of current Lawthat would point to the necessary interventions, and to which the CCE has been warning continuously.
Furthermore, it should be emphasized that the Media Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, as the carrier of the drafting process of the new Media Law, has rendered meaningless all previous efforts, which were in accordance with the best international standards and practices,to systematically improve the framework and environment for work of the media in Montenegro. Hence, the CCE does not expect even the submitted amendments to receive proper support and to find their place in the final text of the Law, especially knowing that the international experts’ opinion about this text were also gravely ignored. All of this, naturally, can only contribute to further deepening of problems in the area of media and strengthen the trend of bad ratings that Montenegro records in relevant international reports.
Today, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented findings of the survey of public opinion about LGBT persons, within the project “NO to discrimination – YES to diversity”.
Tamara Milaš, CCE Programme Associate, opening the presentation stated that the findings of the research were pleasant surprise, adding ‘We assess that they reflect also the so far performance of civil society organizations, and above all, of course, non-governmental organisations which are gathering the LGBT persons and focusing on this issue’.
All media and journalists in Montenegro have unique code of ethics, but there is no unique self-regulatory body at the level of the entire media community that takes care of respect of journalistic ethics, nor the indication that it could be established soon. Furthermore, the trend of violation of professional standards and ethics has marked recent years, as it was assessed at the presentation of a study of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) regarding self-regulation of the media Conscience of the Fourth Estate, produced within the project Facts Do Matter.
The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) announces a Call for the XXVIII generation of
- school for studying democracy from theory to practice -
Democracy School programme encompasses 20 sessions which are combination of lectures, interactive work through workshops and simulations, as well as film screenings with accompanying discussions. Programme is conducted for four months, once or twice per week, for an hour and a half.
Candidates over 18 are eligible, regardless of gender, nationality, religion or beliefs, with the indication that advantage will be given to those who demonstrate high degree of social activism in governmental, non-governmental, political party, union, media, economic, scientific, cultural framework and student associations and initiatives. The School is intended for those who wish to contribute to development of democracy and civil society in Montenegro.