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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Balkan Region’s Media Pluralism Stagnated in Pandemic, Report Warns


In a new study encompassing four main areas of risk to media pluralism, North Macedonia scored best out of six Balkan countries included in the analysis, while in several others good legal frameworks remain unenforced in practice.

Report Notes Limited and Ineffective Investigations into Crimes Against Albanian Journalists


Findings of the SafeJournalist’s “Indicators of the Level of Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety in Albania 2020” indicate that despite several physicals, verbal, online, and legal instances of attacks on journalists, the Albanian government still does not publish any data on violence against journalists.

Kosovo Parliament Dismisses Board of Public Broadcaster

The majority in Kosovo’s parliament dismissed all members of the public broadcaster RTK.

Parliament Relieves Bačić of His Duties as HRT Director-General

Kazimir Bačić, who was recently arrested on suspicion of graft, was relieved of his duties as Director-General of the HRT public broadcasting service.

EU criticises Albania’s new media authority chief


The election of Armela Krasniqi as chairwoman of the Audiovisual Media Authority by parliament has sparked criticism from the EU office in Tirana.

Balkan Journalists Call on Diplomats in Albania to Defend Media Freedom and Independence


The Safe Journalists Network has called on diplomatic organizations in Albania to pay attention to the “anti-defamation package” and its impact on media freedom.

Kosovo Court Orders Detention for Media Commission Duo for Bribery


The head of Kosovo’s Independent Media Commission and its financial director have been ordered into 30 days' detention after their arrest on suspicion of corruption.

CINK: “Incitement to hatred dominates in print media”


Analysis of five daily newspapers in Serbia showed that hate speech directed at political opponents and members of other nations dominates the news.

Member of Electronic Media Council (SEM) Resigned


Electronic Media Council member Ivelina Dimitrova, who is appointed from the president's quota, has resigned.

Circulation of newspapers in Bulgaria fell by 27.2% in 2020


Fourteen newspapers in Bulgaria ceased publication in 2020, according to figures released by the National Statistical Institute.