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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Electronic Media Agency: Publishers Received HRK 147 Million from 2016 to 2019

Source: total-croatia-news.com

The Agency for Electronic Media in Croatia has released an analysis of the use of the Fund for the Promotion of Electronic Media Pluralism and Diversity from 2016 to 2019, from which a total of HRK 147 million was allocated to publishers.

55% of Romanians think they have been exposed to fake news, disinformation in the last months

Source: romania-insider.com

Results of the survey “Public mistrust: West vs. East. The rise of the nationalist trend in the era of disinformation and fake news phenomenon” show that fifty-five percent of the respondents thought they were exposed to fake news and disinformation in the last months.

Coalition for Media Freedom warns of fake Serbia’s Juzne Vesti website

Source: rs.n1info.com

Early in February, a fake website appeared on the address www.južnevesti.info, as obvious plagiarism of the already well-known local media and started to deceive the public and spread untruths about the members of the actual outlet editorial board.

Montenegro Mulls Tougher Penalties to Deter Attacks on Journalists

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Authorities say they are open to the idea of stopping attacks on journalists by giving them the same status as officials – as the penalties for attacking officials are tougher, and may make perpetrators think twice.

State Department: Unsolved attacks against journalists still a serious problem

Source: safejournalists.net

Unsolved attacks against journalists, political interference with the public broadcaster, smear campaigns carried out by progovernment tabloids, and unfair treatment and economic pressure from government ministries and agencies against independent and pro-opposition media remained a significant problem, it is cited in State Departments’s report for Montenegro for last year.

US Concerned About Continuing Rights Violations in South-East Europe

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Restrictions on media freedom, unpunished violations by officials and alleged violence by police continued to be problems in south-east European countries in 2020, said a new US State Department report.

A1 Hrvatska: No deal reached with United Media Group on N1 channel

Source: n1info.com

The A1 Hrvatska telecommunications company said that no agreement had been reached with the United Media Group on the distribution of the N1 TV channel.

Serbia Rebuffs EP Report’s Criticism of Corruption and Media Attacks

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Authorities in Serbia have largely blanked sharp criticisms of the country's handling of corruption and the media, contained in the latest European Parliament report on the country.

Croatia’s Cable TV Provider Condemned for Taking N1 Off Air

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Media freedom advocates in Croatia have slated the cable television provider's decision to pull the plug on the popular and provocative N1 TV station – some calling it a deliberate move to silence a critical voice.

Albania Fails with Media Literacy and Fake News Resilience

Source: Exit.al

Albania has ranked as one of the worst-performing countries on the European continent in terms of media literacy in the Media Literacy Index for 2021 compiled by the European Policies Initiative of the Open Society Institute in Sofia.