Media News

Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

AEJ-Bulgaria Condemns Attack on Journalist

Source: AEJ-Bulgaria

The Association of European Journalists Bulgaria has sent a letter, among others, to the President of European People's Party to express his position on the incident.

Bulgarian Journalists Assaulted as Ruling Party Holds Conference

Source: BalkanInsight

Bulgaria: Two journalists, Paulina Paunova (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) and Genka Shikerova (TV1 Bulgaria), were attacked while following a conference of the ruling GERB party in Sofia.

Albania Courts Seize TV Stations Owned by Govt Critic

Source: BalkanInsight

Political motives are suspected behind the seizure of two TV stations of one of the main media owners in the country, who is expressing criticism against the government.

Amnesty International and the European Commission urges Serbia to drop probe into critical NGOs

Source: BalkanInsight

International concern has been expressed about investigations into the finances of 57 NGOs, including some in the field of media, and individuals in Serbia.

Bulgaria: The protests are also about media freedom

Source: Euractiv.com

Protests in Bulgaria are a genuine civil demonstrations against the party-state and in favour of basic democratic rights, including media freedom. There are also demands for media pluralism in the public service TV broadcaster, as well as the resignation of its General Director.

Serbia: Authorities seek bank data of individuals, NGOs and investigative media outlets

Source: BalkanInsight

Serbian government is intimidating critical to the government individuals, journalists and NGOs with financial auditing.

Albania: Government ignoring Freedom of Information Requests about COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: Exit.al

According to the Albanian web portal Faktoje, government and the Ministry of Health have been ignoring freedom of information requests on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEPs Request European Commission to Monitor Media and State Capture in Serbia

Source: Exit.al

Three members of the European Parliament have requested the European Commission to set up an expert group to report on media and state capture in Serbia. They note that Serbian democracy is endangered, among others, by lack of basic media freedom and rule of law.

BIH: The Media Community Should Jointly Defend Freedom of Expression

Source: BH Journalists Association

Solidarity within the media community and joint public pressure on political institutions and decision makers are key to solving many problems that journalists and media in BiH have been facing for years – this was pointed out during the online discussion on the research “Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety in BiH 2019”, organised by BH Journalists Association.

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina Director With Srebrenica Reporting Award

Source: BIRN

Denis Dzidic, director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, was given a Nino Catic Journalism Award on Friday for long-term reporting about the Srebrenica genocide and for contributing to preserving the truth about the July 1995 mass killings.