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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Serbia Awards National TV Licences to Pro Govt Stations – Again

Source: balkaninsight.com

Amid suspicions of political influence, Serbia's media regulator again handed national broadcasting licenses to four reliably pro-government TV stations.

North Macedonia Proposes Jail Terms for Media Freedom Violations

Source: balkaninsight.com

North Macedonia’s Justice Ministry is proposing legal changes that could see people who violate journalists’ freedom of expression punished with sentences of up to five years in prison.

Social media fuels distrust in institutions across the EU, report finds

Source: euractiv.com

Trust in national institutions across the bloc has declined over the past two years, in part driven by social media, a comprehensive report by Eurofound, the EU’s social policy agency, has found.

Customs Director Accuses Media Portals of Blackmail

Source: exit.al

Director of Albanian customs Genti Gazheli has accused some media portals of blackmailing him over fiscal action his institution took.

Orbán’s ally eyes Serbian media for potential investment

Source: euractiv.com

Euractiv: A close ally of Viktor Orbán is among those bidding for national TV licenses in Serbia.

Eurobarometer: Croatians Trust Traditional Media Most

Source: total-croatia-news.com

Eurobarometer survey shows that Croatians consider television and radio as the most trustful sources of information, and their trust in information on social networks is higher than the EU average.

Russian state channel RT to open shop in Serbia

Source: euractiv.com

Russian state-owned TV and radio broadcaster Russia Today is set to open offices in Serbia, Sputnik Serbia’s Editor-in-Chief Ljubinka Milinčić confirmed to independent news portal Nova.rs.

EC Rule of Law Report Flags up Several Balkan States

Source: balkaninsight.com

EC Rule of Law Report raises red flags about media freedom in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Greece among others.

SLAPPs in Romania: The rise of lawsuits used to threaten the media and free speech

Source: ipi.media

Libertatea journalists detail how legal cases are increasingly being used to harass and intimidate investigative media in Romania.

Poll: Bulgarians top in EU in saying they are exposed to disinformation, fake news

Source: sofiaglobe.com

Among the 27 European Union countries, Bulgarians have the highest percentage who say that they had often been exposed to disinformation and fake news, according to the results of a poll by Eurobarometer.