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Call for Applications for the EU Investigative Journalism Award in Serbia

Source: BIRN
Applications are being invited for the Serbian part of the EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey, which is being administered by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN Hub) and local partners. Application deadline is June 21, 2020.

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Albanian Ombudsman Criticises Police for Violence against Protestors and Detention of Journalists

Source: Exit.al
The Albanian Ombudsman has found a number of concerning issues regarding violence used against protestors of the National Theatre demolition, as well as detention of journalists.

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Association of European Journalists Condemns Government-Mandated Shut-Down of Albanian TV Channel

Source: Exit.al
Measures against COVID-19 are heavily violating press freedom in Albania. Last Friday, private radio and TV Ora News has been ordered to shut down and fined 16,000 euros by state health authorities for allegedly not respecting social distancing in its shows. The occasion was that two anchormen who were critical of Prime Minister Edi Rama and his Socialist Party held shows with three people in the studio instead of the maximum two people allowed by lockdown rules. Ora News is one of the leading independent media outlets in Albania.

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IJ4EU fund opens new calls for cross-border investigative journalism

Source: SEENPM
The IJ4EU fund opened two new calls for cross-border investigative journalism projects in the EU and EU candidate countries. The deadline for applications is June 14.

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State of Emergency: Corona, the Media and new Rules in South East Europe

Source: KAS Media Programme SEE
The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic influences the daily life immensely and is responsible for sev-eral restrictions in our lives. Especially in these times of crisis it is important that the citizens receive correct information. Journalists and media play therefore a vital role. In the current con-text serious and reliable media are even more important as the current pandemic is also an “infodemic” where a lot of false information is spread. Thus, local authorities in South East Europe are not only fighting against the spread of the virus, but also against fake news and disinformation. However, there comes the danger that the crisis is being used to turn off unwanted, critical voices.

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Moldova: Media Censorship during State of Emergency

Source: Moldova.org
Media outlets are obliged to present only the official position of the competent public authorities. This is the provision by the Audiovisual Council of the Republic of Moldova. Besides that, the journalists are not allowed to express their opinion on the COVID-19 health issues.

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Physical attack on ‘Blic newspaper’ journalists in Mitrovica North

Source: AJK
Two journalists and a cameraman of the Kosovo online portal GazetaBlic have been physically attacked yesterday, while interviewing citizens about the COVID-19 situation in Mitrovica North.

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Budget cuts to the Kosovan public broadcaster Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK)

Source: EBU
The Government of Kosovo has cut the funding for the public service broadcaster RTK by 2 million Euro (to 8,960,000 Euro). RTK is operating 4 TV channels, two radios and online media as well. The budget reduction could cause problems in the normal functioning of the broadcaster, inability to pay the journalists' salaries and personnel reduction.

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Serbia’s new Media Strategy

Source: European Western Balkans
Serbia’s new Public Information System Strategy (the so-called Media Strategy) aims at, among others, ensuring the independence of the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM), financing public services primarily through fees pay by citizens and increasing transparency of the state’s influence in the media market. While some see the strategy as a basis for further improvements, others look at it with criticism.

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Masked men assault Editor-in-Chief of Bulgarian weekly

Source: Sofia Globe
The Editor-in-Chief of Bulgaria's weekly "168 Chassa" Slavi Angelov was attacked by two masked men. He is now badly injured and in hospital. Angelov is well-known in Bulgaria for his investigative articles about organised crime. The police assumes that the assault is connected with his journalistic reports.
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