On December 21-23 in Yerevan the second working meeting devoted to the preparation and publication of "Media in South Caucasus in Post-Soviet Times" book will be held. Similarly to the first meeting, held in early October (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, September 28 – October 4, 2002), the event is organized by the International Association of Journalists "South Caucasus" in partnership with Yerevan Press Club with the support of OSCE Office in Yerevan and the financial assistance of German Government. The presentations of experts and journalists of South Caucasus countries made at these meetings will become the basis for the future book, the publication of which is scheduled for 2003.
The presentations of the December meeting participants will cover such topics as "Media Legislation and the Rights of Journalists in Armenia", "Electronic Media Market in Georgia", "New Media in Azerbaijan", "Professional Education for Journalists in Georgia", "Media in Unrecognized Republics: the Example of Mountainous Karabagh". A general discussion on the role of media in regional integration and conflict resolution will also take place.
On December 23 the International Association of Journalists "South Caucasus" will meet to discuss organizational issues, related to the activities of this international NGO. The branches of the Association, established in December 2000 and registered in October this year in Strasbourg, operate in Yerevan, Baku, Tbilisi, Stepanakert, Sukhumi, Tskhinvali (see details in YPC Weekly Newsletter, November 2-8, 2002).