This dossier presents the articles published by the network of our media partners in the ECPMF project, translated into English by OBCT


DOSSIER Montenegro: double standards in regulating media concentration

Podgorica | Ivan ČađenovićMila Radulović | 27/4/2017

Although, officially, Montenegro doesn't have any problem with media concentration, two or three owners control most of the media. For some, this is not a major commitment, as they are primarily engaged in other businesses

DOSSIER The media in Bosnia-Herzegovina: fertile ground for political control

Sarajevo | Media Centar | 4/5/2017

The lack of transparency of media ownership in Bosnia-Herzegovina contributes to a situation in which political and economic pressure limit the freedom of the media

DOSSIER Media ownership in Serbia: a foggy landscape

Smiljana Vukojičić Obradović | 26/4/2017

Despite the law adopted three years ago, media ownership in Serbia remains unclear and privatisation has failed to eradicate the influence of power over editorial policies

DOSSIER Romania: mainstream TV networks and their owners

Stela Giurgeanu | 2/5/2017

Romanian television channels and the owners behind them: the cases of "Antena 1" and "Realitatea TV". A report on Romania, media ownership, and freedom of the press

DOSSIER Citizen Kane in Croatia

Zagreb | Toni Gabrić | 21/4/2017

As the crisis of the Croatian economic giant Agrokor unfolds, H-Alter examines the relation between politics, media and business in the country: a key to explain the long lasting “invisibility” of Todorić in the media

DOSSIER What's feeding the obese media in Albania?

Shqiptarja | 5/5/2017

Behind the majority of Albanian media there are owners who use it to defend their own interests in fields entirely disconnected from editorial scope. An overview

DOSSIER Bulgaria, "quasi-media" on the rise

Sofia | Mediapool | 13/4/2017

Media on government payroll and distrust by citizens make Bulgaria a symbol of deteriorating freedom of expression in Europe

DOSSIER Political and economic interests in media ownership are squeezing Kosovar journalism

Abit Hoxha | 5/4/2017

New and old ownership models present their own challenges to quality independent reporting

DOSSIER Serbia: media ownership and politics

Simon Lenormand | 11/4/2017

Methods for pressuring and controlling the media in Serbia have become more sophisticated than in the past, but they are no less harmful to freedom of expression

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Contents from the Resource Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Media ownership and finances in Kosovo: Legal vacuum and lack of transparency
This country report by the South East European Media Observatory investigates the lack of transparency in media ownership and financing in Kosovo

Media Ownership and Finances in Turkey. Increasing Concentration and Clientelism
This report explores the mechanisms through which ownership concentration and political clientelism limit media freedom and diversity in Turkey

Media ownership patterns in post-communist Romania - 5 profiles
An analysis of the media situation in Romania, released by the Center for Media Transparency, highlights different media models in the country, their relation to politics and the deriving challenges in terms of media pluralism and transparency

Media Ownership and Financing in Montenegro. Weak Regulation Enforcement and Persistence of Media Control
Concentration of media ownership and weak implementation of existing regulations subverts media freedom in Montenegro

Media Ownership Monitor - Reporters without Borders
The Media Ownership Monitor is a global research and advocacy initiative launched by Reporter Without Borders to increase transparency about media ownership