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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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North Macedonia Web Portals Looking for Gain from Election Ads

Source: Balkan Insight
The high number of 235 web portals, many with obscure backgrounds and identities, have registered at the State Electoral Commission, DIK, to have the possibility to have political advertisements in the forthcoming elections.

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EFJ Appeals to Croatian Authorities to Stop Harassing Journalists

Source: Total-Croatia-News.com
Croatian Journalist Association (HND) lost court dispute with UTT Europa 92 company over the premises in the Journalists' House in Zagreb and needs to pay HRK 2.5 million. HND found irregularities in the process and thus has the suspicion that this only aims at harassing and putting pressure on journalists.

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Dodik’s attack on media condemned

Source: N1
During a press conference Milorad Dodik, Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and leader of Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), called the news portal „Klix“ an enemy of Bosnia’s Serb-majority Republika Srpska (RS). This was condemned by several organisations nationally and internationally.

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New Law Silences Most Western TV Channels in Moldova

Source: Balkan Insight
Due to a new amendment to the code of audiovisual media services, since 1 March cable TV networks can’t broadcast international TV channels containing advertising or teleshopping commercials. 90 channels are affected by this decision; this makes about 50 percent of all the channels.

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Prime Minister criticized for attacking Kosovo journalists

Source: Albania Daily News
The Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) has been criticizing Prime Minister Edi Rama for saying that Kosovo media platforms T7 and Gazeta Express were spreading “chauvinist hatred against Albania”. He also accused the media of waging a “ferocious invasion of the public communications space that, with its vulgarity, defamation and shortsightedness, has begun to damage Kosovo itself.”
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