Courrier des Balkans

Montenegro: the civil society against a public television servant of powers

08/01/2018

“We want an independent public service!”. On December 27th hundreds of Montenegrin citizens gathered in front of the parliament in order to denounce the political pressures on the public information service. During the demonstration they symbolically broke the chains that enclosed a television.

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KRIK in Serbia: An Interview On Investigative Journalism

18/12/2017

KRIK is one of the few investigative media in Serbia, but it is also the main target of attacks by Serbian tabloids, the “watchdogs” of the political power. Despite pressures and the lack of means, its six journalists have earned a solid reputation with their extensive investigations of corruption and organized crime. An interview.

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Whistleblowing Albania: the long battle of a former policeman against cannabis

11/12/2017

In 2015, long before the Tahiri affair shaken the Rama government, a former Albanian policeman had already reported the facts. His findings on the extent of cannabis smuggling were not appreciated by Albanian authorities and made him an unwelcome person in his own country. Dritan Zagani is now a political refugee in Switzerland.

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Serbia, a Facebook’s guinea pig

11/12/2017

In five countries of the world including Serbia, Facebook is testing a new formula: only sponsored contents are visible to the whole users. In one week, the rates of presence on the pages of independent media have thus collapsed. In Vučić's Serbia, social networks had been so far the only alternative to traditional media, heavily controlled by the government.

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Bulgaria: politicians openly attack journalists

11/12/2017

A member of GERB party threatened a journalist, and his career was over. But this is not how it works in Bulgaria, an EU country with no freedom of expression, according to the ranking of Reporters Without Borders.

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Media Days of the Balkans: the anger of journalists, the EU silence

11/12/2017

The Western Balkans Media Days took place in Tirana from 8 to 10 November. The debates gave rise to an intense discussions: a gloomy picture of the freedom of the press in the region came up from the conference. Did the European Union get the message?

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Independent journalism in Albania: how to deal with censorship?

11/12/2017

Insecurity, political and economic pressures: Albanian journalists constantly report on press freedom deterioration. Even an experienced professional like Artan Rama was heavily censored. It was October 2016 when his magazine “Publicus” was brutally interrupted by the heads of private television Vizion Plus.

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Croatia: no European aid for independent media

11/12/2017

Non-profit Croatian media should benefit from four million euros of European aid. But the current Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Korzinek wants to redirect these funds to commercial media…

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Macedonia: Gjorgi Lazarevski, the whistleblower who shot down Gruevski’s government

24/10/2017

The current Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev owes much to Gjorgi Lazarevski, the whistleblower who swept away the Gruevski government. Former associated to Secret Services, Lazarevski allowed the leak of thousands of documents revealing the telephone network of politicians, magistrates and journalists. A portrait of an angry man.

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Serbia: “Vranjske novine” closes, a loss for the local independent press

20/09/2017

The closure of the weekly magazine “Vranjske novine” is a heavy blow for the Serbian regional independent press. Dozens of journalists gathered in Belgrade to express their disagreement, while Vukašin Obradović, editor-in-chief of the magazine, began the hunger strike at his office in Vranje.

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