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Belgrade's Edit-a-thon
When and Where
DateMonday, November 21, 2016
Time10:00 am – 4:00 pm CET
AddressImpact Hub
Makedonska 21
CityBelgrade, 11103, Serbia
Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon PDF
Participants at the edit-a-thon

An edit-a-thon focussed on improving media freedom and pluralism-related contents will be held in Belgrade, on November 21st. The Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon is organised by Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa in cooperation with Wikimedia Serbia and with the support of Wikimedia Italia.

Event information[edit]

The Wiki4MediaFreedom event aims at improving the quality, number and languages of articles on media freedom and pluralism-related contents in order to increase public knowledge of media freedom issues and to raise awareness of the need of more transparency and accessible information in this field. It will also foster new alliances between media freedom activists and the Wikipedia community.

To this aim, the Belgrade edit-a-thon will gather media freedom activists, journalists, media experts and a group of experienced Wikipedia volunteers. For half-a-day they will work together editing articles related to some of the most concerning issues affecting the media systems in Europe today, namely: transparency of media ownership; media concentration; access to public information; censorship and self-censorship. Particular attention will be given to the media freedom situation in Serbia and in other South-East European countries.

After an introduction and a tutorial on Wikipedia editing processes, 4-5 hours of collaborative editing will follow, with experienced Wikipedia editors working side by side with participants to edit entries, verify sources and references, fill missing information, translating contents. Refreshments for participants is offered by the organisers.

Participants will be provided with:

  • A list of articles in need to be improved;
  • A list of sources that can be used as references;
  • A list comprising a selection of quality articles proposed for translation into other languages, depending on the participants’ language skills.

Participants may edit in English, Serbian or any other language they wish to use.

The Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon will take place at the Impact Hub Belgrade / Gallery Room (Makedonska 21, Beograd 11103, Serbia) on November 21st, from 10am to 4pm.

The edit-a-thon is a follow up to a GLAM project implemented in 2015 by OBC Transeuropa in cooperation with Wikimedia Italia as a part of the project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and aiming at enriching and systematizing the articles on media freedom and pluralism in Europe in several linguistic versions and training / assisting OBC Transeuropa’s staff to allow them to contribute autonomously in Wikipedia beyond the end of the GLAM project.

  • Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CEST
  • Location: Belgrade (Serbia), Impact Hub (Makedonska 21) - Gallery Room


Time Activity
10 am – 11:30 am Welcome; general introduction and brief “How to-Wikipedia tutorial”
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Editing session I
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Light lunch break
1:30 pm – 4pm Editing session II

What you can do[edit]

You can contribute to improving media freedom and pluralism-related contents by:

  • Writing new articles on media freedom and pluralism initiatives and actors that deserve a Wikipedia page in accordance with Wikipedia’s rules;
  • Editing and improving existing articles to add information, updates, sources;
  • Translating existing quality articles into other languages to increase each page’s visibility and usability.

What to bring[edit]

See Eventbrite event description for frequently asked questions

  • Your laptop and power cords (we cannot provide computers for participants; tablets will be difficult to work on for this event);
  • Printout of event registration.

Please sign up for a Wikipedia account before you come to the event


Registration is required to attend this event (max 35 participants)

Task list and potential sources[edit]

List of articles to be improved and related sources by theme[edit]

General overview and update of the current media freedom situation in the Western Balkans[edit]

This topic can be developed within the existing country-specific articles (See the list below)

Suggested sources:

Censorship, self-censorship and internet censorship[edit]

These topics can be developed within the existing country-specific articles (See the list below)

Suggested sources:

Attacks and threats against journalists[edit]

These issues can be developed within the existing country-specific articles (See the list below)

Suggested sources:

Media ownership and transparency[edit]

These topics can be developed within the existing country-specific articles (See the list below) Concerning "Transparency of media ownership", see the article Transparency of media ownership in Croatia

Suggested sources:

Access to public information[edit]

This issue can be developed within the existing article Freedom of information laws by country (in English)

Suggested sources

Local online media[edit]

These topics can be developed within the existing country-specific articles (See the list below)

Suggested sources:

List of articles to be translated[edit]

Examples of articles that can be created[edit]

  • Slovenian Association of Journalists
  • Code of Slovenian Journalists
  • South East European Media Observatory
  • MAVISE / European Audiovisual Observatory
  • Media Pluralism Monitor
  • Legal Leaks Network

List of existing articles to be improved[edit]



Please also add your Wikipedia username below

  1. --Jaqen (talk) 09:50, 27 October 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Rossella Vignola (OBC) (talk) 09:51, 27 October 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  3. --Marzia Bona (OBC) (talk) 09:33, 28 October 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  4. --Chiara Sighele (OBC) (talk) 11:04, 28 October 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  5. --Ivana Guslarevic (talk) 12:10, 17 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --Mickey Mystique (talk) 13:11, 17 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --Elvmc (talk) 10:25, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  8. ----Draganicida (talk) 10:26, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  9. --Ina Siri (talk) 10:26, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  10. --JackPB (talk) 10:27, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  11. --GiorgioFruscione (talk) 10:28, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  12. --Ibn battuta (talk) 10:29, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  13. ----Vanja Djuric (talk) 10:31, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  14. --Serbianboy (talk) 11:12, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  15. --Miljan Simonović (talk) 11:58, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  16. --Sanja Kljajic (talk) 15:07, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Articles created[edit]

  1. en:Milan Pantić --Jaqen (talk)
  2. en:South East European Media Observatory --GiorgioFruscione (talk)
  3. en:MAVISE --Chiara Sighele (OBC) (talk)
  4. sl:Dostop do informacij javnega značaja v Evropi --Ibn battuta (talk)
  5. it:Milan Pantić --Rossella Vignola (OBC) (talk) 14:29, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  6. sr:Sloboda medija u Srbiji (translated from English) --Draganicida (talk) and Jovana Zdjelarevic
  7. en:Newspapers in Bosnia and Herzegovina --Elvmc (talk)
  8. en:Glas Srpske ----Elvmc (talk)
  9. en:Media freedom in Serbia#Radio Television of Vojvodina Case --Sanja Kljajic (talk) 15:07, 21 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  10. sr:Цензура у Србији - Miljan Simonović
  11. sr:Медији у Србији - Serbianboy

Articles edited[edit]

  1. en:Media of Croatia (Ina Siri)
  2. en:Media of Slovenia --Ibn battuta (talk)
  3. en:Media of Kosovo --JackPB (talk)
  4. en:Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina --Elvmc (talk)

Wiki4MediaFreedom Edit-a-thon in the media[edit]

The following list is not exhaustive.

In addition to this, news and reports on Wiki4MediaFreedom edit-a-thon have been published on several specialistic portals, including the website of the South-east European Network for the Professionalization of the Media (English); Analiziraj (Serbian); Cenzolovka (Serbian); Journalists’ association of Serbia’s website (Serbian); Dijalog.org (Serbian); Ossigeno Informazione (Italian); Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (Italian); Articolo21 (Italian), etc.

Friendly space policy[edit]

See Friendly space policy

External links[edit]

Support of the Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

This event is organised with the support of the Wikimedia Foundation in the frame of the Rapid Grant programme. See the approved application here.