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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

MEPs urge BiH authorities to financially support the Public Broadcasting system

Source: EuropeanWesternBalkans.com

MEPs expressing great concern about the survival of the Public Service Broadcaster BHRT in BiH and urging the BiH authorities to consider the allocation of a special help package for the support of the Public Broadcasting system in BiH, embracing BHRT, RTV FBiH and RTRS.

Podcasts Bring Welcome Change to Bulgaria’s Stale Media Scene

Source: BalkanInsight

The burgeoning podcast scene in Bulgaria may have a way to go, but it’s gaining momentum fast and already has the potential to transform the media landscape in the country.

COVID disinformation in Bulgaria: When mainstream media are no better than Facebook

Source: Euractiv.com

Julia Rone and Georgi Hristov: While in most other countries experts blame disinformation on social media like Facebook or foreign powers such as Russia or China, in Bulgaria, the country’s own mainstream media and politicians have contributed the most to spreading confusion and ignorance.

Montenegro: New help to the media of 80.000 EUR

Source: SafeJournalists.net

The Council of the Agency for Electronic Media recently made a decision to release commercial and public broadcasters from paying the obligation of the fourth quarterly installment of the broadcasting fee for 2020. This reduced the regulator’s budget by 80,000 euros.

Bulgarian national radio chief hits out at media interference from state

Source: Euronews.com

When Andon Baltakov announced he was tendering his resignation as director-general of Bulgaria National Radio, he hoped it would serve as a catalyst for change concerning press independence in the country.

Ora News Owner Requests Seizure of Assets Order to be Lifted

Source: Exit.al

Lawyers of Ylli Ndroqi, the owner of Ora News have asked the Special Court to lift the seizure of assets against him.

Censorship and self-censorship: The wounds of Montenegrin journalism

Source: SafeJournalists.net

Although there is little information about open censorship in the Montenegrin media, covert censorship has almost become domesticated and an integral part of newsrooms.

Self-regulation in Montenegro: Far from ideal

Source: SafeJournalists.net

In Montenegro there are over 165 media that share the media space. However, this does not mean that the Montenegrin media scene is pluralistic. In contrast, the media in Montenegro are deeply polarized and the self-regulation is at an extremely low level.

SafeJournalists: Detonation in front of an Albanian journalists’ house

Source: Agk-ks.org

An explosive device detonated at the front door of Albanian Journalist Eldion Ndreka while his parents, wife and two daughters were at home.

Pandemic Impact Highlights Kosovo Media Issues

Source: Exit.al

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo has published a report on the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on the economic situation of journalists, cameramen and photojournalists. It has found that the Kosovo media was affected by the overall economic downturn as a result of the pandemic.