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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

Media Freedom Deteriorated in Europe Amid Pandemic, Report Warns

Source: balkaninsight.com

Report by Reporters Without Borders: Media freedom suffered in Central and South East Europe during the pandemic with increasing government censorship and attacks on journalists.

Reporters without Borders (RSF): Press Freedom Deteriorates in World While Croatia Sees Progress

Source: total-croatia-news.com

Croatia ranks 56th out of 180 countries on the organisation’s annual Press Freedom Index, moving up three notches after ranking 59th in the previous report.

United Media: Violations of media freedom at worrying level in Serbia

Source: ba.n1info.com

United Media, an international company operating in Serbia, said that it warned the public, local and European institutions on several occasions about the worrying level of violations of media freedom that it faced and is facing again.

Kosovo Newspaper Director Asked to Reveal Sources

Source: exit.al

The director of Prishtina-based online newspaper ‘Insajderi’, Parim Olluri was summoned for questioning by the Kosovo Police following the publication of an article that said that the Minister of Health, Arben Vitia refused to sign a contract to supply Pfizer vaccines.

ECPMF: Journalists in Albania ordered to hand over documents that might risk their sources

Source: tiranatimes.com

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has expressed its concerns regarding the SPAK order for journalists Andi Bushati and Armand Shkullaku to hand over a database that contained the personal information of more than 910,000 voters in Albania.

Reporters Without Borders Call on Albanian Government to Reduce Sanctions on Media During Elections

Source: exit.al

Reporters Without Borders have called on the Albanian government to reduce the sanctions imposed on broadcast media in the electoral code.

Attack Leaves Serbian Radio Journalist In Hospital

Source: rferl.org

A Serbian broadcast journalist is in the hospital after being beaten by unidentified assailants in the northern city of Novi Sad, the latest in a string of attacks against media workers in the Balkan country.

Croatian Journalists Union Deplores ‘Intimidating’ Rise in Lawsuits

Source: balkaninsight.com

Leading media union says the number of lawsuits filed against Croatian journalists and publishers – aimed at censoring or intimidating critics – is still rising and points to 'judicial persecution of the media'.

Tirana Mayor’s Bodyguards Criticised for Manhandling Inquisitive Journalist

Source: balkaninsight.com

A video of an Albanian journalist being physically restrained by the Mayor of Tirana's security guards – to stop him from asking the mayor questions – has drawn criticism and raised concern.

SLAPP Lawsuits Croatia: Lawyer Vanja Juric on Attempts to Stifle Journalists

Source: total-croatia-news.com

Lawyer Vanja Jurić was appointed to the Expert Group of the European Commission for the so-called SLAPP lawsuits - "strategic" lawsuits that are unfounded or exaggerated and are aimed at intimidating and silencing those who ask questions of public interest - journalists, activists, and associations.