Media News

Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Attack on Kosovo Investigative Journalist Condemned

Source: BalkanInsight

International and Kosovo media associations have condemned the brutal Wednesday night attack on Kosovo investigative journalist Visar Duriqi, with some warning that 'violence against journalists in Kosovo is on the rise'.

Abuse of Journalists Rarely Punished by Serbian Courts: Report

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Only one in ten criminal complaints about threats to or attacks on journalists results in a court verdict, and any sentences are mostly suspended, says a new report by a Serbian media freedom NGO.

BH Journalists asked institutions to thoroughly investigate hacker attacks on web portals

Source: bhnovinari.ba

The BH Journalists Association sent letters to the cyber crime departments of the Federal Police Administration and MoI of Republika Srpska regarding the recent hacker attacks on web portals in Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska.

Public media campaigns should be free

Source: Znm.org.mk

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers, the Macedonian Media Institute and the Council for Media Ethics react to the Government’s announcement to return to the practice for payment for media campaigns with public money in the private media.

OSCE Chides Kosovo for Preventing Entry of Serbian Journalists

Source: BalkanInsight.com

The OSCE says Kosovo is sending 'a negative message about press freedom' after media crews from Serbia were not allowed to enter the country recently on the grounds that they had failed to announce their arrival in advance.

Telenor Serbia sues United Group

Source: Broadbandtvnews.com

Telenor Serbia has filed a lawsuit before the competent judicial authorities in Serbia for unfair market competition against United Group, Srpske kablovske mreze and Adria News.

Bulgaria Turns a Blind Eye to Police Violence Against Journalist Dimiter Kenarov

Source: AEJ-Bulgaria

Bulgarian authorities are turning a blind eye to the arrest and police violence against freelance journalist Dimiter Kenarov. The latest developments of the probe into the incident raise concerns about the transparency and fairness of the investigation.

Eliminate of shortcomings in the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

Source: Safejournalists.net

The Coalition for Access to Justice requests from the Government of the Republic of Serbia to remove without delay the shortcomings in its work on amending the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance.

The City Administration of Mostar must provide media with direct coverage of the mayoral election

Source: Safejournalists.net

The Steering Committee of the BH Journalists' Association demands from the City Council of Mostar to allow journalists and media professionals to observe the Council session and the election of the Mayor of Mostar directly, and not through the internet, respecting fully the working conditions for all media in accordance with international standards of media freedom.

CEDEM: Half of Montenegrin citizens do not trust the media

Source: Safejournalists.net

Results of the "Research on media and media freedoms”, organized by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) within the project “Strengthening the capacity of local media to report on human and minority rights” show, that almost 60 percent of citizens in Montenegro think that media freedoms in Montenegro are at a low or very low level, while half of them think that the position of journalists is more or less bad.