In 2016, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) enters its second year of activity thanks to the renewed support of the European Commission. Through the cooperation among its 6 consortium partners - the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig , initiator of the ECPMF based in Leipzig; OBC Transeuropa (Trentino); Oxygen for Information  (Rome); South East Europe Media Organisation   (Vienna); Journalismfund.eu  (Brussels); and the Institute of European Media Law (Saarbrücken) - the ECPMF project aims to protect and promote press freedom and promote transnational public debate on violations registered in Europe .

Liaising with several other European entities active in defending media freedom across the continent, OBC Transeuropa will raise awareness of the situation of freedom of information in six member states of the European Union, in the Enlargement and Eastern Partnership countries through:

1) a transnational journalistic campaign along with 14 media partners  by publishing and disseminating news and analyses aimed at increasing information and debate on relevant topics;

2) the further development of the Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe ;

3) the initiative #Wiki4MediaFreedom which builds on the work initiated by the Wikipedian in Residence hosted at OBC  in 2015.

OBC NEWS:

28 March 2017

The impact of cyber-attacks, digital surveillance and sophisticated techniques of computational propaganda is growing. The case of Serbia in an interview with Vladan Joler, director of Share Foundation

22 March 2017

The project "Less hate, more speech" aims at stimulating more civilized discussion with less aggressive speech on the Romanian online media, as one of the authors explains

21 March 2017

They used to be called “State-television”, nowadays they are “public service media”. But political control is hard to remove, and prevents public broadcasters from serving the public interest. An editorial

16 March 2017

A range of extra-legal policy mechanisms are used by those in power to prevent journalists from fulfilling their watchdog role in society. Examples from countries of South East Europe (SEE) where extra-legal policy mechanisms are deployed to stifle journalism

10 March 2017

The 7th March 2017, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in coopearation with Partnership for Social Development held a public hearing in the European Parliament on “Media Clientelism Index: Measuring Media Realities in Six South East European Countries”

28 February 2017

10 years ago, in the special index relating to press freedom by Freedom House, Turkey was referred to as "partly free" with a result equivalent to 49 (0 indicates the best situation, 100 being the worst). Ten years later it became "not free" and the index rose to 71. An infographic

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Satirical web sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Using mockery to cause a reaction

Satirical web sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina use creative ways to point out anomalies and absurdities in the society. Una Čilić talks to editors of Šatro.info and Karakter.ba.

Media Centar: read the full article in Bosnian

The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stingy with information

The Prosecutor's Office's longheld practice of communicating with the press through video statements filmed and produced within the institution, deprives the journalists of one of their fundamental rights and obligations – that of asking questions.

Mediacentar: read the full article in Bosnian

Albanian journalist under the Police protection

Elvi Fundo, a well-known investigation journalist, was brutally beaten by two unknown men in the capital’s centre. He says his articles hit mafia’s interests.

Shqiptarja: read the complete article in Albanian

Editors’ salaries in public broadcasters are not confidential personal data

According to the Law on Free Access to Information in Bosnia and Herzegovina, salaries of employees in the public services must be transparent. After almost a year of demanding information, public pressure in the last few months made so that Radio Television of Republic of Srpska published the information about salaries of Miroslav Lazanski and Mate Đaković.

Media Centar: read the full article in Bosnian

The massacred journalist shows the photos of violence on him

Well-known investigative journalist Elvi Fundo in hospital whith serious wounds on face and head urges Police to find agressors and thanks collegues for supporting him

Shqiptarja: read the complete article in Albanian

Montenegro, the silence of the public administration

Montenegro adopted a law on free access to public information 7 years ago, but in many cases the information required is withheld, and no one is sanctioned.

Beta: read the complete article in Serbian

Serbia: Blocking the access to information

Serbia has one of the best laws in the world to guarantee public access to information. The problem is, the state does not respect its own laws. And the situation may get worse in the future

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian

Kosovo: Everybody scorns the right to access to informations

In Kosovo, access to information is well guaranteed in theory — in practise it’s a different story.

Le Courrier des Balkans: read the complete article in French

The Media Freedom Resource Centre   is an open online platform that facilitates quick and systematic access to an ever-growing collection of resources on media freedom and pluralism, such as region-wide and country-specific publication and practical tools for journalists, practitioners, policy makers. Whether you are journalist, a media expert or an organisation, use this crowd-sourcing platform to share and disseminate your materials!

The countries of South East Europe enjoy very high standards when it comes to the legislation regulating access to public information and transparency. But the reality on the ground is different and journalists across the region denounce serious difficulties in obtaining – both from private organizations and public institutions - the access to information they are entitled by the law. This dossier presents the articles published by the network of our media partner in the ECPMF project, assessing the specific situation in the countries involved in the project.

Building on a previous Wiki GLAM initiative, Wiki4MediaFreedom  aims at boosting the availability of accurate knowledge on media freedom and pluralism in Europe on Wikipedia. People who are willing to contribute, learn and help disseminate in languages other than English relevant information on these topics are very welcome to join!

Through a partnership between Index on Censorship, European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders Mapping Media Freedom  monitors and visualises the state of media freedom in Europe by crowdsourcing reports of violations and limitations from journalists and press freedom watchdogs. Get involved!

Courrier des Balkans Radio Popolare Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Radio Študent H-Alter MediaCentar Beta Dilema Veche Mediapool Bianet Kosovo 2.0 24 Vesti Vijesti Shqiptarja The Press Project

ECPMF network

24 Vesti Macedonia- The first Macedonian all news TV channel and on-line news provider
All the news
Beta Serbia- One of the main Serbian press agencies
All the news
Bianet Turkey- Independent press agency, with a special focus on civil society
All the news
Courrier des Balkans France- The main French on-line news provider on South East Europe
All the news
Dilema Veche Romania- Romania's main weekly, focusing on culture and social issues. It has both a paper and on-line version
All the news
H-Alter Croatia- Independent on-line news provider, with a special focus on civil society
All the news
MediaCentar Bosnia Herzegovina- Supporting the development of independent and professional journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
All the news
Mediapool Bulgaria- Created in 2001, it is the oldest Bulgarian on-line news provider
All the news
Kosovo 2.0 Kosovo- is an online magazine which, since 2010, involves talented young media professionals in Kosovo. All content is published in Albanian, English and Serbian. It has 14.200 fans in Facebook and 4.900 Twitter followers
All the news
Radio Popolare Italy- Broadcasting from Milan, Popolare is both a radio and a network of 17 of the Italian main radio stations covering among other Rome, Florence, Turin, Venice
All the news
Radio Študent Slovenia - One of Europe's oldest and strongest independent and non-commercial urban radio stations
All the news
Shqiptarja Albania- Independent media-group based in Tirana
All the news
The Press Project Greece- Daily on-line news provider on Greece. Specialized in features and analyses
All the news
Vijesti Montenegro- The main daily newspaper in Montenegro. It has both a paper and an on-line version. It started its publications in 1997
All the news

The project European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is co-funded by the European Commission