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croatia-s-online-anti-hate-law-worries-experts-01-17-2018 Analysis 18 Jan 18

Croatia’s Online Anti-Hate Law Worries Experts

With Croatia announcing new laws on regulating hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news online, some experts fear it may lead to censorship and limit freedom of expression.

critics-sound-alarm-over-state-of-croatian-broadcaster-12-29-2017 Analysis 29 Dec 17

Critics Sound Alarm Over State of Croatian Broadcaster

A growing chorus of voices say Croatia’s public broadcaster HRT is succumbing to political pressure and becoming an echo chamber for the government – just as it was in the 1990s.

radioaparat-a-soapbox-for-belgrade-s-independent-voices-12-01-2017 Feature 13 Dec 17

Online Radio Helps Serbia’s Independent Media Survive

Serbia's web radio service RadioAparat celebrated its first birthday recently, consolidating its importance as one of the country’s few independent media outlets. 

vucic-turns-his-fire-on-serbian-twitter-critics-12-04-2017 Analysis 11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s image-conscious President.

threats-to-journalists-expose-bulgarian-media-s-growing-ills-12-05-2017 Analysis 08 Dec 17

Threats to Journalists Expose Bulgarian Media’s Growing Ills

A series of attacks on – and threats to – independent-minded reporters highlights the perils facing investigative journalists in today’s Bulgaria. 

fight-back-starts-against-balkan-fake-news-machines-12-01-2017 Analysis 07 Dec 17

Fight-Back Starts Against Balkan ‘Fake News’ Machines

It may be a long struggle against the odds, but some independent media and civic activists in the Balkans are determined to counter the tide of fake news and disinformation flooding the region. 

serbian-authorities-obstructing-free-media-journalists-say-11-13-2017 Analysis 15 Nov 17

Serbian Authorities ‘Obstructing’ Free Media, Journalists Say

Serbia’s independent investigative journalists share their experiences of the routine intimidation people in the media face in their work.

romania-media-must-defend-its-independence-union-says-11-06-2017 Interview 07 Nov 17

Romania Media ‘Must Defend its Independence’, Union Says

MediaSind president Cristi Godinac tells BIRN in an interview that journalists must unite to defeat the ruling party’s plans to clip the wings of the public news agency Agerpres. 

serbian-media-and-politicians-abusing-murder-case-11-03-2017 Analysis 07 Nov 17

Serbian Media Slated for Exploiting Singer Murder Case

As the flow of lurid stories about the murder of a singer continues, critics say the tabloid media have grossly violated ethical norms to keep the story going.

media-abuse-becomes-strategy-of-choice-in-albanian-politics-10-27-2017 Comment 27 Oct 17

Media Abuse Becomes Strategy of Choice in Albanian Politics

As Albania’s prime minister slammed journalists in an attempt to deflect scrutiny after parliament blocked the arrest of the former interior minister, reporters were also verbally abused in the street - a development that could have consequences for press freedom.

pro-russian-montenegrins-publish-new-anti-western-media-10-17-2017 investigation 18 Oct 17

Pro-Russian Montenegrins Publish New Anti-Western Media

Russian news outlets have increased their presence in the Balkans, but anti-Western news sites launched this year in Montenegro are run by locals who oppose NATO membership and EU integration.

moldova-feels-squeezed-in-russia-s-information-war-09-06-2017 Analysis 07 Sep 17

Moldova Feels Squeezed in Russia’s Information War

Corruption and weak legislation have turned Moldova into a media battleground – in which Russia seems to have the upper hand.

serbian-media-barons-catch-vucic-off-guard-06-13-2017 Comment 13 Jun 17

Serbian Media Barons Catch Vucic off Guard

The apparent decision of two of Serbia’s biggest media moguls to directly enter the political arena poses an intriguing dilemma for Aleksandar Vucic - and for the opposition.

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017 ANALYSIS 16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.

serbia-s-rookie-journalists-lack-skills-for-brutal-world-05-03-2017 Feature 03 May 17

Serbia’s Rookie Journalists Lack Skills for Brutal World

As World Press Freedom Day is marked across the globe, the future of the media in Serbia lies in the hands of a generation of journalists who are worryingly unprepared for the environment they are about to encounter.