The role of mass-media in treating the refugees & migrants topic

Between December 4 – 8, 2017, the National Commission of Romania for UNESCO implements the international project “The role of mass-media in treating the refugees & migrants topic”. The project aims to train 30 media representatives, from 16 European countries, on specific topics related to one of the most sensitive and pressing issues in the region, namely the hosting of refugees and migrants from disadvantaged areas of the Middle East and Africa. Developing knowledge on this topic would lead to a more reliable and more accurate media coverage.

The project implies 5 training courses, offered by specialists from Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom and Romania, as well as complementary presentations on topics related to the project theme. Among the institutions and organizations whose representatives are involved in the project activities are the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Center for Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University, the Ethical Journalism Network, UNHCR Romania, the International Organization for Migration – Romania office, the Directorate – General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the European Commission, TVR, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Inspectorate for Immigration, the Romanian Border Police.

There will be present in Bucharest for this project media representatives from 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK.

As part of the project, on Thursday, December 7th, the 2017 Gala of the National Commission of Romania for UNESCO will be held, bringing together the project participants and the institutional partners of the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO, respectively representatives of ministries, local authorities, state institutions with UNESCO related competencies, as well as collaborators, personalities from UNESCO’s areas of interest – education, science, culture, communication and information. The guests will be delighted with the photo exhibition “On the Path of Hope” by Dimitra Stasinopoulou and the concert of maestro Marin Cazacu and the Violoncellissimo Ensemble, followed by dinner.

The project “The role of mass-media in treating the refugees & migrants topic” is supported by: Bucharest City Hall – through ARCUB, Residence Hotels Bucharest, Via Viticola Sarica Niculițel, EPSON, Artmark, Ministry of National Defense, TVR, Radio România Actualități, Burda România.

For details, please visit the website of the National Commission of Romania for UNESCO:


Iris Constantin – Project Manager


Iulia Jugănaru – Coordinator NCR UNESCO 2017 Gala

 The role of mass-media in treating the refugees & migrants topic


Day 1, December 4

Training “Moral act or legal duty? How to avoid myth-building in refugee reporting” part 1 – Petra Sorge, Journalist and Media Analyst

Presentation “The media coverage of the actions undertaken by the Romanian Armed Forces during international missions in support of refugee and migrant groups” – Valentin Vasile, Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations Directorate, Ministry of National Defense

Presentation ”Shifting migration routes and the curse of poverty” – Nicolae Melinescu, journalist, PhD in International Relations

Day 2, December 5

Training “Global Displacement and UNHCR. Refugees: Journey from Challenges to Opportunities” – Gabriela Leu, Public Information/ Communications Associate, UNHCR Romania

Visit to the International Organization for Migration, Romania office, and the Migrant’s Assistance and Counseling Center

Day 3, December 6

Training “Media effects and migration – a backgrounder on an evolving field of research” – Timo Tonassi, Migration Research Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Presentation “Migration and Forced Displacement in EU Development Policy” – Dr. Anna Schmidt, Policy Officer Migration & Forced Displacement, Directorate-General Development and International Cooperation, European Commission

Presentation “Legal, policy and operation framework in Romania. Facts and figures” – Police Chief Commissioner Emil Niculescu, Director, Strategic Management Directorate, General Inspectorate for Immigration

Presentation “The war correspondent and the refugees” – Adelin Petrișor, Chief International Correspondent, TVR (Romanian Television)

Day 4, December 7

Training “The politics of media coverage: the framing of the “refugee crisis”” – Eva Bognar, Senior Program Officer, Center for Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy of Central European University in Budapest

Presentation “Measures adopted by the Romanian Border Police for securing the state border” – Police Chief Commissioner Adrian Popescu, Assignee Deputy Inspector General, Romanian Border Police

Presentation “Migrants and Political Correctness” – Mircea Naidin, Diplomatic Counsellor, Globalisation General Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Day 5, December 8

Training “Moving Stories: How to get the story but do no harm” – Tom Law, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Ethical Journalism Network