On the 9-th December 2016 the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe organised the Assembly dedicated to the dialogue in international journalism in Hamburg in the framework of the foreign ministers’ meeting. The Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Frane Maroevic started the conversation of young journalists from Russia and Ukraine with the participation of their colleagues and the OSCE representatives.They discussed different topics and told about their own experience. The Secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia and the head of the joint Russian-Ukrainian project on Bosnia Ashot Dzhazoyan highlighted that the sanctions’ language in journalism was not acceptable and that the only way to solve international problems was an honest dialogue. He urged all the Assembly participants to begin a conversation with Russian journalists. The Acting Chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine Sergey Tomilenko told about the special importance of such projects in the modern world because nowadays a lot of different ethnic conflicts require a quick resolution. The project participants Dina Smetanko (Ukraine) and Anna Shklyarova (Russia) explained how they had found a common language with each other.

After the discussion the trailer of the movie about Bosnia and Herzegovina was shown, and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic offered to show this film about the life of Bosnia also at the international festival in Sarajevo. Ashot Dzhazoyan in his turn put forward a proposal to present the movie in the European Parliament.

«The main task of Russian and Ukrainian journalists' joint work was to show how Bosnia and Herzegovina lives nowadays. We conducted video interviews with the representatives of different social groups (MPs, military journalists, clergy, universities’ employees and ordinary citizens. We also managed to talk with Svetlana, the granddaughter of the former President of Yugoslavia Joseph Broz Tito). We asked them about the country’s current life and its future. Performing our duties, we joined our forces and reached great results. Our Russian-Ukrainian dialogue continued during the work on this report; it was a pleasure to recall and talk about the most memorable moments of our trip, expressing our own opinions about international projects in journalism».

Impressions of project’s participants

Alexandra Sineva, photojournalist (Russia):

Any project of the OSCE is a great opportunity for journalists not only to present themselves, but also significantly improve their professional skills. The radical change of the situation, the interesting challenge, international cooperation, possibilities for independent work - all of these factors contribute to the fact that young journalists are learning to work in real conditions collecting, processing and delivering information. As for me, this project helped to identify my weaknesses and determine the way of doing the work on mistakes. In future during my participation in similar projects I hope to be more professional.

Anna Shklyarova, journalist (Russia):

Such projects are very important because it’s necessary to learn to analyse media’s reports and consider them in a critical way trying to be objective. The “Two states- one profession” is the project providing young journalists the platform for professional practice. You should travel to other countries, communicate with different people, take part in international projects and thus expand your own borders, both professional and personal. You need to see how your colleagues work and to adopt their experience. I’m glad to get a new experience, get to know many colleagues from different countries and improve my own skills.

Margarita Karpenko, journalist (Ukraine):

For me this project is the great experience of teamwork, it helped me to improve my skills and to get necessary knowledge for my future carrier. Working in conflict is always difficult. In Bosnia and Herzegovina we could learn not only the living conditions of ordinary people, but also understand how difficult it was for Bosnian journalists to cover the events of the war in 1995. For me personally our work contributed to better and clearer understanding of the standards and principles of journalists working in international cooperation conditions.

Olga Karmadonova, film editor (Russia):

It was interesting for me to take part in this project, to get to know the real life of Saraevo and to listen to Bosnian music even in the post-production stage. Bosnia and Herzegovina seems to me a beautiful and exciting place. At first the country is its residents with their traditions and history. The people of Bosnia are interethnic and interreligious that’s why it is very important for them to find something common and pay attention not so much on the differences but on what unites them.