Southeast Europe

The Truth Hunt: A dangerous investigation in the Balkans

For the first time, the KAS Media Programme has published a comic book about journalists in Southeast Europe.
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"Тhree Decades Later - The Media in South East Europe after 1989"

An analysis of media change in the three decades following the collapse of socialism in South East Europe.

Media Situation in Bulgaria

More than 30 years after the end of the communist era, the media landscape in Bulgaria has a bad reputation again.
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“China’s Rising Media Presence in South East Europe”

In the past years, China has continuously expanded its presence in the region, including the media.
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Media Freedom in Albania

The recent Reporters Without Borders (RWB) report on freedom of the press reveals that media freedom in Albania has receded compared to the past.
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Media Freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s score in the Reporters Without Borders Freedom of the Press Index has shown an improvement of the media freedom situation in recent years.
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Media News

Media and Politics

Albania Tables Controversial Amendments to Freedom of Information Law

The Albanian Ministry of Justice has published a draft amendment to the law on the right to information which has sparked fears it could result in issues for the media when seeking to obtain information crucial to its work.

Journalism and Media business

SBB: We will sue Telekom Srbija for illegal pressure on users

The SBB company announced that Telekom Srbija has shown "for the umpteenth time that business ethics do not apply to them, that they are acting contrary to the rules of fair competition and fair market competition, which is why the SBB company will take legal steps and sue this state-owned company".

Media and Politics

Montenegro Seeks Foreign Help on Solving Attacks on Journalists

Montenegro asked for foreign experts’ help in solving old cases of attacks on journalists.

Legislation and Regulations

Commission releases Media Freedom Act proposal, to mixed reactions

The regulation aims to increase the transparency of media ownership and introduce safeguards on editorial independence and media pluralism and comes as part of the Commission’s broader European Democracy Action plan, announced in December 2020.

Media and Politics

EC Rule of Law Report Flags up Several Balkan States

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

Media and Politics

Russian state channel RT to open shop in Serbia

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

Journalism and Media business

Croatia’s Maja Sever elected President of the European Federation of Journalists

Maja Sever said her presidency would focus on the safety of journalists, improvement of worker and professional rights and the status of freelance journalists, and the fight against SLAPP lawsuits.

Legislation and Regulations

Media Pluralism Fund: 220,000 euros for electronic media

The Council of the Electronic Media Agency of Montenegro (AEM) has decided to support 11 radio and TV broadcasters with a total of about 220,000 euros, which completes the distribution of money from the Fund for Encouraging Pluralism and Media Diversity for last year.

Journalism and Media business

Euronews Bulgaria launches

A branded affiliate of Euronews has made its debut in Bulgaria.

Media and Politics

RSF Responds After Albanian Prime Minister Dismisses World Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders has responded to the claims by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that the reports of media violations in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index were “lies” and “fantasy”, by debunking him.