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Montenegro, the silence of the public administration

09/03/2017

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.

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Croatia: above public opinion

20/02/2017

In Croatia, journalists and citizens have a hard time accessing information which should be of public domain.

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Serbia: The Press Association blames draconian solutions and automatized procedures in judicial cases where media are parties

02/02/2017

Representatives of Journalists and of media association assessed on 2 February that the case law in disputes with media is unequal, the procedures are automatized and unified and that judges are not committed on cases regarding media.

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Serbia: the hard fight for access to information

27/01/2017

Even though there is a good institutional and legislative framework defending the right to access information of public interest, some crucial issues are still unresolved.

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Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic has won the lawsuit for complaint against the weekly NIN

04/01/2017

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic has won the lawsuit for complaint against the weekly NIN for the text "Nebojsa Stefanovic, the main masked man of Savamala".

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The media situation in Serbia deteriorated

29/12/2016

The number of attacks on journalists in Serbia in the past three years has increased, and the response of institutions that should enable to improve the situation is not enough, according to the report of the Regional Platform of the Western Balkans.

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Public media in Serbia do not do their work well

14/12/2016

Public media during the first half of the year were focused on political issues, due to the electoral campaign. Media covered above all the activites of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić. However, despite the coverage, there were little analytics contributions and the interviews covered a narrow range of opinions, negating in practice the pluralist function, linked to public media's role.

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Serbia: privatization of media unsatisfactory for national minorities

09/12/2016

Ombudsman Saša Janković on 9 December expressed dissatisfaction regarding the results of the privatization of the media with regard to the representation of national minorities. Still too little room is left to broadcast in the languages of national minorities, as only 13 of the privatized media include plans to broadcast in the language of national minorities.

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The application of media laws is "disastrous"

06/12/2016

Media Laws in the Western Balkan countries have been harmonized with European standards, but their application is bad.

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Tanjug as proof that media laws are not applied

15/11/2016

The EU progress report on Serbia shows that the package of media laws has yet to be fully implemented, as well as the privatization of state-run media has not brought greater transparency of ownership and funding of media. The best example of non-compliance is the supposedly extinguished state news agency Tanjug, whose legal status, as well as financing, has yet to be clarified and harmonized with the existing regulations.

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