Macedonia News

Citizens have to believe in the role of the public service broadcaster, in order to protect it

An open public discussion on thorough operational reform of the public service broadcaster, Macedonian Radio-Television (MRT), and on its future development, is necessary, so that it becomes a modern European public service. An open public competition should be conducted for the election of members in the Public Service Programming Council, in order to reduce direct political influences. Moreover, all stakeholders should consider […]

News Serbia

Report on Media and Information Literacy Week (2017)

Source: Media and Reform Centar NIS   Within UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which is being celebrated from October 25 to November 1, Media and Reform Center Niš, with partners from the local community, organized Media and Information Literacy Week in Niš – a series of events with a goal of actualizing media […]

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Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists leads to more attacks

More than 250 attacks, threats and pressures against journalists have been reported during the last 5 years in Serbia. Because most of the court proceedings are still pending, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists in Nis was marked in front of the Court Building. Fliers with information about unexplained attacks and the increasing number […]

Macedonia News

First Investigative Film Festival in Skopje

  The Investigative Film Festival will take place for the first time in Skopje, from 3 to 5 November 2017, organized by the Platform for Investigative Journalism and Analysis – PINA, in cooperation with The Foundation “Friedrich Ebert”. The first festival of its kind in the region, IFFS unites local, regional and international issues related to […]

Albania News

Albanian Prime Minister insults journalists during live broadcasting, sparking reaction from the media community

  The Prime Minister Edi Rama became the protagonist of a tensed situation with journalists, during a live interview, on October 25. The interview followed a parliamentary session, focused on lifting immunity of the former Minister of Internal Affairs, Saimir Tahiri, who is suspected to be linked to Albanian-Italian drug trafficking activities. The ruling majority MPs voted […]

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A worrying state of media in the Western Balkans

The Directorate of the European Commission for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) is concerned about the non-transparent, partocratic and corrupt co-financing of media content in Serbia.   Source: NUNS 12.10.2017.   European parliamentarians, representatives of the European Commission and other institutions in Brussels, expressed concern at the beginning of this week over the growing […]

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The fight for media freedom in Serbia continues

The Media Freedom Group is organizing a gathering of journalists, media, civil society organizations and citizens ready to fight for media freedom in Serbia on Thursday, October 5, at 20:00 in Dorćol Platz in Belgrade. During the event, the participants will sign The Freedom of the Media Declaration – a joint document that will contain […]

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How Serbian media looked today: Together against media darkness

More than 150 media and civil society organizations and numerous individuals unanimously pointed out the existence of media darkness and the suppression of media freedom in Serbia, today at noon by a collective action. With the message “Stop Media Darkness!”, the media, portals, organizations, as well as citizens, made theirs screens and profiles on social […]

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MRT: PBS Macedonian Radio and Television to be financed once again from the state budget

The parliamentary majority in Macedonia abolished the obligation to pay the broadcasting fee, after the amendments to the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services were adopted by an urgent procedure. The new legal amendments provide for financing of the PBS Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT) from the state budget in the amount of 0.5 percent […]

Bosnia&Herzegovina News

Partial Solutions for Saving the Public Broadcasting Service

Representatives of the power company Elektroprivreda BiH and two Sarajevo-based public broadcasting services, the national BHRT and the entity RTV FBiH, signed a business contract agreeing on collection of TV license fee together with electricity bills, displayed on bills starting with August 2017. Along with these two broadcasters, the public broadcasting system of B&H also […]

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Founder of Serbian local media began hunger strike because of financial and political pressures

Author: Tatjana Djukic   Founder of recently shut down weekly newspapers Vranjske and former NUNS president Vukasin Obradovic began a hunger strike in order to draw attention to, according to his statement, the pointless fight for media freedom in Serbia. At the moment he is at the offices of Vranjske, where he barricaded himself, refusing […]