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Bulgarian journalist Nickolay Stoyanov faces criminal defamation suits over reporting

Source: cpj.org

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the filing of three criminal defamation suits against Bulgarian journalist Nickolay Stoyanov, and called on authorities to reform the country’s laws to decriminalize speech.

Leaked paper sheds light on poor rule of law, media situation in Serbia

Source: euractiv.com

The print media in Serbia that most often violate the journalistic code of professional conduct continue to be the beneficiaries of public funding, warned an internal EU paper obtained by EURACTIV that painted a bleak picture of the EU candidate country’s democratic record.

Reporters Without Borders Urge Albanian Government to Postpone Election of Media Authority Members

Source: exit.al

Reports Without Borders have urged the ruling Socialist Party to wait until the newly-elected Parliament is convened in September before electing new members of the Audio-Visual Media Authority.

Media (un)freedom in Montenegro

Source: kosovotwopointzero.com

A string of unexplained attacks on the media are rocking the public in Montenegro.

National Broadcaster Slapped with Fine for Violating Electoral Rules

Source: exit.al

National broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar 2 (RTSH2) has been fined €16,200 for broadcasting political advertisements on April 24, the day of election silence.

Albania Parliament’s Race to Fill Media Board Causes Alarm

Source: balkaninsight.com

An apparent rush to elect board members of Albania's Audio-visual Media Authority before the next parliament meets in September is prompting concerns that the ruling Socialists are hurrying to fill the board with political sympathisers.

Romanian Police Academy Chiefs Sentenced for Threatening Journalist

Source: balkaninsight.com

A Bucharest Court handed down suspended jail sentences to the two former heads of the Police Academy – who had instructed a subordinate to threaten a journalist who was investigating plagiarism at the institution.

AJK: The denigrating language towards journalists must be stoped

Source: agk-ks.org

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo, considers completely unacceptable the offensive language of an official of the Directorate of Education in Prishtina.

The state allows Pink TV to defer payment of its 1.52 billion dinar tax debt

Source: serbianmonitor.com

In addition to being given the opportunity to pay about 1.52 billion dinars in tax debt in instalments, Pink TV has also been granted at least 1.28 billion dinars worth of export loans by the state.

Bulgaria still struggles with political corruption, opaque media ownership - Freedom House

Source: seenews.com

Freedom House Organisation: Freedom in Bulgaria is still mainly hampered by political corruption and non-transparent media ownership.