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AIM: Alternativna Informativna Mreza / Alternative Information Network


Systematik: ID-Archiv EATC id-e-838

Status: Changed
Checked: 03-03-02 03:48:41 PM

Adresse: AIM, 17 rue Rebeval, F-75019 Paris E-mail: admin@aimpress.org

WHO IS AIM ? The Alternative Information Network (Alternativna Informativna Mreza) was created in October 1992 by independent journalists from throughout former Yugoslavia. It now covers all of the states and regions which made up the SFRY, as well as Albania, Bulgaria and Greece. It has editorial boards in Athens, Banja Luka, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Tirana and Zagreb. About 120 journalists write regularly for the network. OBJECTIVES OF AIM encourage reliable, objective, in-depth journalism which reflects the complexity of a situation, break down the barriers to communication between communities and countries, thus contributing towards the promotion of greater understanding between them, provide employment and income for independent journalists who have often lost their jobs because they refuse to accept the role of state propagandists, build up and train a new generation of ethically-minded journalists, support existing independent media in the region and promote the creation of new ones by providing them with high-quality in-depth articles, promote the awareness that the problems of each entity, state or community are shared by all and can only be solved through regional cooperation, provide objective information for media, institutions and individuals outside the region. The fundamental idea is that while media played a devastating role in provoking conflict and war by allowing themselves to be carriers of nationalist propaganda and inter-ethnic hatred, they can also contribute towards peace and regional cooperation. PRODUCTION AIM produces objective and in-depth articles, reportages, analyses and commentaries which seek to offer a comprehensive picture of an event or situation, in particular questions linked to democratisation and the establishment of an active civil society. Priority is given to human rights, the situation of refugees, the educational system, the freedom of the media, the privatisation of the economy... Texts are available in the original language (Albanian, Bosnian, Croat, Serb) and a selection of articles are translated into English and can be consulted in a specific section of the Internet site. It is intended to add a Macedonian language section in 2000. The "Balkan Press" service is made up of a weekly bi-lingual press review carried out in the different zones in which there is an important Albanian community. TRAINING PROGRAMME AIM carries out training programmes in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The need is particularly strong for young journalists who matured during the war years and were over-exposed to nationalistic propaganda. Priority is given to regions outside the capital cities where it is far more difficult to obtain training. The main objectives are to instil in the trainees a respect for the ethical criteria of independent journalism, to explain the need to reflect the complexity of a given situation and write in a way which will foster inter-ethnic understanding and regional cooperation. INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT Ever since its creation AIM has worked in close partnership with the European Civic Forum. It has been supported financially by a wide range of institutions, governments, foundations and NGOs. The two major principal sources of funding have been the European Union and the Council of Europe. Its main other funders are the governments of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, the Swedish Helsinki Committee, European Civic Forum and Norwegian People’s Aid. AIM has been selected as a priority media project within the framework of the Stability Pact for the Balkans.