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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.

Rights Groups Urge Albania to ‘Rethink’ Disputed Media Law

Source: BalkanInsight

Seven international rights organisations on Wednesday called on parliament in Albania not to press on with a law targeting the online media that both the Albanian President and the Venice Commission have criticised as flawed.

SafeJournalists Network Speaks Out Against Albanian “Anti-Defamation” Law


The SafeJournalists Network which represents more than 8200 media professionals in the Western Balkans has spoken of its concern at the Albanian governments plans to pass the controversial “anti-defamation law” without taking into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

Albanian President Reiterates Opposition of “Chilling” Media Law


President Meta has shown solidarity with journalists regarding the decision of the socialist majority to approve, without changes, the law on media. This law which, among other things, will censor and provide high fines for journalists and media without any investigation or court decision.

Albanian Government Plan to Enact Media Law Without Venice Commission Recommendations


Albanian civil society organisations have raised alarm over the apparent plan of the Albanian government to pass the controversial media law without implementing the recommendations of the Venice Commission.