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Latest news on current media developments in South East Europe

ARD: Independent journalists under pressure in Serbia

Source: N1

Germany’s ARD said that independent journalism in Serbia is under pressure, adding journalists at N1 TV are worried about a looming deal between the state-controlled Telekom Serbia and the private Telenor cable and mobile services companies.

SOS phone number for journalists in Serbia

Source: N1

Free SOS phone number 0800 100 115 for journalists in Serbia who believe their safety is jeopardised is operational as of Monday, the Government media office has said.

Attack on Kosovo Investigative Journalist Condemned

Source: BalkanInsight

International and Kosovo media associations have condemned the brutal Wednesday night attack on Kosovo investigative journalist Visar Duriqi, with some warning that 'violence against journalists in Kosovo is on the rise'.

Abuse of Journalists Rarely Punished by Serbian Courts: Report

Source: BalkanInsight.com

Only one in ten criminal complaints about threats to or attacks on journalists results in a court verdict, and any sentences are mostly suspended, says a new report by a Serbian media freedom NGO.

BH Journalists asked institutions to thoroughly investigate hacker attacks on web portals

Source: bhnovinari.ba

The BH Journalists Association sent letters to the cyber crime departments of the Federal Police Administration and MoI of Republika Srpska regarding the recent hacker attacks on web portals in Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska.

Public media campaigns should be free

Source: Znm.org.mk

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers, the Macedonian Media Institute and the Council for Media Ethics react to the Government’s announcement to return to the practice for payment for media campaigns with public money in the private media.

OSCE Chides Kosovo for Preventing Entry of Serbian Journalists

Source: BalkanInsight.com

The OSCE says Kosovo is sending 'a negative message about press freedom' after media crews from Serbia were not allowed to enter the country recently on the grounds that they had failed to announce their arrival in advance.

Telenor Serbia sues United Group

Source: Broadbandtvnews.com

Telenor Serbia has filed a lawsuit before the competent judicial authorities in Serbia for unfair market competition against United Group, Srpske kablovske mreze and Adria News.

Bulgaria Turns a Blind Eye to Police Violence Against Journalist Dimiter Kenarov

Source: AEJ-Bulgaria

Bulgarian authorities are turning a blind eye to the arrest and police violence against freelance journalist Dimiter Kenarov. The latest developments of the probe into the incident raise concerns about the transparency and fairness of the investigation.

Eliminate of shortcomings in the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

Source: Safejournalists.net

The Coalition for Access to Justice requests from the Government of the Republic of Serbia to remove without delay the shortcomings in its work on amending the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance.