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BNT alerts European institutions, diplomats and NGOs about political pressure

Source: bnt.bg

The Director General of Bulgaria’s public service broadcaster BNT sent a signal to international organizations and institutions after the accusations of caretaker Minister of Culture to the public media.

Contradictions in the European Commission Over Albanian “Anti-Defamation Law”

Source: exit.al

The European Commission maintains that the scraping of the Albanian “anti-defamation” package is not a requirement for holding the first intergovernmental conference of accession negotiations.

Elisa Spiropali Promises Council of Europe to Protect Journalists, Support Independent Media

Source: exit.al

The Albanian government has adopted several resolutions through the Council of Europe to safeguard freedom of expression, protect journalists, and ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t impact media and access to information.

Croatian Unions Back Journalists Sacked for Criticising Newspaper’s Bias

Source: balkaninsight.com

Media unions have lent full support to three reporters sacked from the regional daily Glas Istre for criticizing its editorial policy during the May local election campaign.

Council of Europe Condemns Albanian Parliament’s Restriction of Journalists

Source: exit.al

The Albanian Parliament’s attempt to restrict the movement of journalists inside parliament has been reported as a “state threat” to journalists and media freedom by the Council of Europe.

Attacks on Moldovan Journalists Increased in 2020, Report Says

Source: balkaninsight.com

NGO report says the number of attacks on journalists in Moldova grew by 20 per cent in 2020 compared to the year before, although most were non-physical in nature.

The Albanian Parliament new regulation on media “orientation” can jeopardize media freedom

Source: safejournalists.net

The Bureau of the Assembly of Albania has published a new regulation for the Accreditation, Accommodation and Orientation of Mass Media in the Parliament. This new regulation affects audiovisual media, print and online media.

Croatia signs ‘Global Pledge on Media Freedom’ document

Source: euractiv.com

Croatia’s Culture and Media Minister signed a Global Pledge on Media Freedom during a meeting with the UK’s undersecretary for European neighbourhood and the Americas in Zagreb.

Albanian Parliament Reduces Media Access, Claim Journalists

Source: exit.al

Journalists will have a reduced access to the Albanian parliament starting from the next session in September, some journalists in the country have claimed.

Albanian Election Commissioner Turns Blind Eye to Broadcast Bias

Source: balkaninsight.com

Data analysed by BIRN shows that most Albanian broadcasters broke rules by allocating more airtime to the ruling Socialist Party in the run-up to April’s parliamentary election, but they escaped sanction.