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Pandemic Impact Highlights Kosovo Media Issues


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.

Kosovo Leaders Condemn Gun Attack on Journalist’s Car

Source: BalkanInsight

Politicians, civil society activists, citizens and journalists have demanded a prompt investigation after the car of an investigative journalist was raked with bullets on Sunday night.

WDR Survey: Trust in the German media has increased

Source: ARD Presse, infratest dimap

Trust in media coverage increased noticeably in 2020. This is the result of a representative survey, which was carried out in September and October by Infratest Dimap on behalf of the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk).

Most Croatian Media Without Fake News on Pandemic


Electronic Media Agency president, Josip Popovac: The majority of Croatian media have been covering the coronavirus pandemic excellently, without a proliferation of fake news.

Montenegrin investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic was sentenced in a second-instance verdict

Source: Balkaninsight

Montenegrin investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic was sentenced today in a second-instance verdict by the High Court in Podgorica to one year in prison for drug trafficking, and was acquitted of the organised crime charges against him. He was arrested in October 2015 and spent almost a year-and-a-half in custody before being released in January 2017. The international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders commented that it was black day for press freedom and Martinovic had been convicted despite a clear lack of evidence.

AEJ Condemns Exclusion of Critical Journalist from Media Discussion with Prime Minister Edi Rama


The Association of European Journalists has condemned the exclusion of Syri journalist Ambrozia Meta from taking part in a media discussion with Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Croatia to Get Museum of Fake News


In October Croatia will get a Museum of Fake News, which in its first phase will operate as a website providing testimonies from journalists and scientists, a database of fake news, and tools for promoting media literacy and critical thinking and for recognising and fighting against fake news.

Albanian Alliance for Media Ethics Advance Self-Regulation for Online Media


Members of the Alliance for Media Ethics met in Tirana to further advance the establishment of a self-regulatory framework for online media.

EU Rule of Law report: Bulgaria gets familiar flaws factsheet

Source: SofiaGlobe

The European Commission’s first EU-wide report on the rule of law, published on September 30, raised a number of concerns in the case of Bulgaria, but covered no new ground when compared to the report under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism that the country has been subject to since 2007.

Governments continue to undermine right to information under cover of COVID-19

Source: BalkanInsight

On the annual International Day for Universal Access to Information, BIRN has released data showing dramatic drops in responses to freedom of information requests by official bodies, either in time or in their entirety.