Mediterranean broadcasters conclude COPEAM conference

Appeal for accurate coverage of migration made from Malta

02 April, 13:31

    From right, Copeam president Talal El Makdessi,and secretary general Pierluigi Malesani From right, Copeam president Talal El Makdessi,and secretary general Pierluigi Malesani

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 30 - The 22nd annual edition of Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) has come to an end in Malta. The gathering was organized in collaboration with Maltese public radio and television, Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), which is headed by Tonio Portughese. The event hosted 200 audiovisual professionals and bore the theme, "Migration of peoples in the Mediterranean: the role of the media". Held in the ancient Hospital of the Knights of Malta, participants received a warm message from the interim president of the Republic of Malta, Dolores Cristina. The gathering was the followed by the association's general assembly, which was introduced with a report by Michel Boyon, former president of Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) and currently president of Eurovisioni. Boyon spoke of the responsibility of the media regarding immigration.

    COPEAM President Talal El Makdessi and Secretary-General Pier Luigi Malesani presented a report on the activities of 2014, while Raouf El Housseini, from Tunisian Radio, gave the financial report. The presidents of the COPEAM commissions then illustrated the conclusions of each session. A decision taken by Anna Maria Tarantola, the president of the Italian public broadcaster RAI, was particularly appreciated and debated during the conference. Tarantola chose to no longer broadcast videos produced by ISIS militants to prevent becoming a tool for their propaganda.

    Alessandra Paradisi, chairman of the Strategic Commission, made an appeal aimed at "recounting the immigration emergency in the Mediterranean, and the global phenomenon of refugees, through accurate, pluralistic (coverage) that is free of stereotypes and that strengthens cooperation between the media, organizations and institutions working in this area".

    This statement was approved unanimously by the assembly.

    It was decided that the next COPEAM conference will be held in the spring of 2016 in Corsica, on the invitation of the Territorial Collectivity of Corsica. (ANSAmed).

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