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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.

death-threats-to-free-media-advocates-04-19-2017 Interview 20 Apr 17

Sejdinovic: ‘We Cannot Allow Fear to Beat us’

The head of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina says the death threats he has received lately are deeply worrying – but now is not the time to give in to the climate of intimidation.

russian-media-turn-hostile-gaze-on-montenegro-04-13-2017 Analysis 19 Apr 17

Russian Media Paint Dark Picture of Montenegro

As the former Russian ally moves closer to joining NATO, the Moscow media have suddenly decided the country is riddled with decay, crime and corruption.

over-a-decade-on-journalism-facing-threats-04-12-2017 Profile 13 Apr 17

Crusading Journalist Defies Threatening Climate in Kosovo

‘Zeri’ editor Arbana Xharra says she won’t stop probing the dark side of Kosovo life despite the ‘public lynches that have become the new normality’ for investigative journalists in the country.

web-portals-start-to-outshine-albania-s-mainstream-media-04-03-2017 Analysis 03 Apr 17

Web Portals Start to Outshine Albania’s Mainstream Media

Cheap, flexible and free of political influence, online portals are starting to dominating Albania's media - despite real concerns about the quality of their information.

serbian-media-s-plight-apocalyptic-lekic-warns-03-29-2017 Interview 30 Mar 17

Serbian Media’s Plight ‘Apocalyptic’, Lekic Warns

As attacks increase on journalists in Serbia, the new head of the Independent Journalists’ Association, Slavisa Lekic, says it is time to take off the gloves and defend democracy.

vucic-abusing-pm-s-post-to-campaign-critics-say-03-27-2017 ANALYSIS 29 Mar 17

Vucic Abusing PM’s Post to Campaign, Watchdogs Say

Watchdogs say Aleksandar Vucic broke the law by using his post as Prime Minister to campaign for the presidency.