December 19, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the turkish think-tank Freedom Research Association hosted a conference in Istanbul on Turkey-EU relations and its coverage in the media, in times of polarization and populism. The conference, part of the Swedish Institute’s Creative Force-program, gathered journalists, experts and politicians from Turkey and Sweden.
December 12, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Open Russia hosted a conference in Tallinn on new media and journalism for Russian independent journalists and opposition leaders.
After the conference, an award ceremony was hosted with the aim to honour Russia’s top independent journalists. Elena Milashina of Novaya Gazeta won the award for investigative journalism for her articles about honour killings and persecutions of LGBT-individuals in Chechnya. A topic that JHS focused on earlier this year at a seminar in Stockholm.
During the year, journalists in Russia have been under immense pressure. Many have had to leave the country while others have been attached at their place of work. The same day of the conference, Russian authorities decided to shut down Open Russia’s webpages in the country.
|14 December, 2017|
Please join the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation for a seminar with Alexander Solovyev, Andrey Dmitriev and Gigi Ugulava on the state of human rights in Europe’s East.
Blasieholmsgatan 4A, Stockholm
Thursday, December 14 at 15.30-17.00
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or +46 8 676 81 05
November 28, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Kyiv on Ukraine’s European integration. Oksana Syroid, vice speaker in the Ukrainian parliament, took part in the meeting together with a group of reform oriented policy makers, independent journalists and NGO representatives. JHS chairman Peter Egardt participated at the meeting, along with the Swedish MPs Chrisian Holm Barenfeld and Pål Jonson.
The discussions focused on the country’s geopolitical challenges, the relationship between state and civil society as well as the struggle against corruption.
A number of bilateral meetings were held in addition to the conference with the aim strengthen the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s work in Ukraine.
November 6-10 and 13-17 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held conferences on ideology for politically active youth from the Balkans and the Eastern Neighborhood in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. The basis of the seminars was the book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford and the lectures were led by leading opinion makers and Swedish politicians. The conferences aim to strengthen the ideological base among the participants with emphasis on understanding of democracy, human rights and market economy.
October 6-8, members of the Youth Organization of VMRO-DPMNE participated in a conference on social media in political campaigns. New strategies to campaign effectively were discussed as well as how to deliver a successful political message.
September 22-24, party representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden, met in Sarajevo to discuss Balkan’s EU-integration.
The discussions focused on the refugee crisis and the management of the Balkan route as well as how to increase opportunities in the region. The economic integration of the region was also discussed. The women´s round table conference aims to create stronger networks in the region and to increase the participation of women in politics and leading positions.