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16 May 2012 | Kosovo (Serbia)

President rejects bill that criminalises libel

Following a public outcry, Kosovo's President last week rejected a proposed law that would have criminalised libel and allowed journalists to be jailed if they didn't reveal their sources, report the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), and Human Rights Watch.
13 July 2011 | Montenegro

Government decriminalises speech offences

Last week Montenegro became the latest country in the world to decriminalise libel, reports the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).
4 May 2011 | Bulgaria

Amendments to penal code threaten free expression, says IPI

Bulgaria's Parliament has adopted changes to the penal code that have introduced jail time for journalists and writers who instigate hatred, discrimination or violence - and could be used to impose controls on the media, says the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).
23 February 2011 | Serbia

Independent station threatened after airing show on mining abuses

Posters calling for the death of B92 were plastered around a town in Serbia last week, the day after the independent broadcaster aired a show reporting on irregularities at the local coal mine, report the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
10 November 2010 | Croatia

Six jailed for Pukanic's murder

Six jailed for Pukanic's murder A court in Croatia has convicted six men for the mafia-style murder of high-profile journalist Ivo Pukanic, say international news reports. Pukanic, editor of the magazine "Nacional", was killed in October 2008, alongside his marketing manager, Niko Franjic, when a car bomb went off near their Zagreb office.
28 July 2010 | Kosovo (Serbia)

A nascent state is crippling its own press, and its future

A nascent state is crippling its own press, and its future More than two years after declaring independence, Kosovo urgently needs a free press to expose "the ills that are undermining" the country, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). "Kosovo: Still not too late for press freedom" says journalists in the new country are under threat from nationalist militants and financial pressures, and barred from accessing information, with every sphere of government attempting to control editorial decisions. RSF met with journalists and new bloggers trying to work within an ethical framework, despite the numerous political and criminal elements working against them.
21 July 2010 | Greece

Political blogger and radio journalist slain

A Greek radio journalist and blogger who was about to publish results of an investigation into corruption in the country was lured out of his home in Athens and shot dead on 19 July, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). This is the first murder of a journalist in Greece in more than 20 years.
21 July 2010 | Serbia

New law violates security of journalists' sources; B92 reporter receives death threats

Serbian national security and police forces have been given the power to view the contents of citizens' personal email accounts without permission as a result of a new law adopted by parliament on 29 June, reports the International Press Institute (IPI). The legal system has also left journalists vulnerable to attacks with a recent court decision to reject charges against six people who allegedly threatened to murder a B92 reporter, says the Belgrade-based Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM).
26 May 2010 | Macedonia

Authorities ignore broadcaster's call for violence against journalists

A popular Macedonian broadcaster caused waves across the country when it issued a list of targeted journalists, accusing them of being traitors and calling for their "liquidation", reports the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). What's worse is that the Macedonian authorities failed to intervene, says EFJ.
13 January 2010 | Bulgaria

Notorious crime journalist slain

A journalist who had written articles and a book on crime figures was gunned down on 5 January in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Index on Censorship and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
4 November 2009 | Bulgaria

Bulgarian journalist given new WAZ-IFJ award for her courage

The WAZ Media Group and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is honouring Bulgarian journalist Lidiya Pavlova with the "WAZ-IFJ Prize for Courage in Journalism". The award emphasises the role of independent media in "scrutinising" abuses of power.
27 May 2009 | Serbia

Radio B92 celebrates 20 years of social responsibility

Radio B92 - a Belgrade local radio station that blossomed into a national media network famous for its staunch independence and commitment to social responsibility - celebrates its 20th birthday this month.
4 March 2009 | Greece

ARMED GROUPS SILENCING CRITICS

Armed groups in Greece are resorting to attacking media houses, non-governmental organisations and reporters themselves to silence them, report the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) - an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
29 October 2008 | Croatia

BOMBING OF TWO JOURNALISTS THREATENS CROATIA'S BID TO JOIN EU

It has been called one of the most serious attacks on press freedom in years in the entire South East European region, one that could seriously damage Croatia's bid to join the European Union: two journalists were killed in a car bombing in Croatia, report the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), and other IFEX members.
20 August 2008 | Greece

MINORITY RIGHTS DEFENDERS HARASSED AND PROSECUTED

Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) released on 17 August 2008 a report on harassment, defamation and prosecution of minority rights defenders - including GHM - in Greece.
30 July 2008 | Serbia

PROTESTERS ATTACK JOURNALISTS COVERING KARADZIC'S ARREST

Journalists covering the arrest of the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic are continuing to be harassed and attacked, say the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
26 February 2008 | Montenegro

INDEPENDENT BROADCASTER THREATENED AND BESIEGED

A popular independent media outlet has come under attack in Serbia following Kosovo's declaration of independence, report the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
22 January 2008 | Greece

IFEX MEMBER BECOMES TARGET OF HATE CAMPAIGN

An anti-racism activist has become the target of a hate campaign after giving evidence in the trial of a Greek author who denies the Holocaust, reports the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).
23 October 2007 | Bulgaria

BULGARIAN JOURNALIST WINS 2007 DR. ERHARD BUSEK-SEEMO AWARD

Bulgarian Milena Dimitrova, commentator for the Sofia newspaper "Trud", is this year's winner of the Dr. Erhard Busek-SEEMO 2007 Award. Dimitrova, who holds a PhD in journalism and teaches investigative journalism at a Sofia university, has also been a reporter and presenter of a TV programme dedicated to exposing corruption, and has written for the Bulgarian weekly "168 Hours" and the daily "Debati".
9 October 2007 | Slovenia

ONE IN FIVE JOURNALISTS SIGNS PETITION AGAINST MEDIA RESTRICTIONS

Nearly one in five professional journalists in Slovenia has signed a petition against censorship and political pressures in the country, report the International Press Institute (IPI), the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).


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