Courrier des Balkans

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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Turkey: journalist Loup Bureau returns home

19/09/2017

The French journalist Loup Bureau, abusively detained by Turkish authorities for 52 days, has been released and will be soon sent back to France. It was announced by his lawyer while Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was completing a two-day visit in Turkey.

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Croatian media: cleaning up the public service

19/09/2017

The “cleaning up” goes on within the Croatian public Television (HRT). "Hrvatska uzivo" broadcast, often critical of the government, was removed from the program schedule in one night, without any explanation being given.

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Journalism in Kosovo: a risky business

08/09/2017

Marked by political conflicts, corruption scandals and social problems, Kosovo nevertheless retains a relatively lively media scene. But being a journalist and informing the public opinion is a dangerous job.

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Kosovo: "Insajderi" director under attack

22/08/2017

"I think the attack is related to the articles I wrote as a journalist", said Parim Olluri after the aggression. In recent days "Insider" - the online magazine of which he is director - had published an investigation on the former Commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army who became enriched after the Nineties war. "If Adem Jashari was alive, he would be a millionaire and corrupt": that was the title, probably seen as a provocation, because Jashari, killed by Serbs, in Kosovo is considered to be a "hero". A violent reaction that after dozens of threats on social networks may be culminated in a physical assault.

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Kosovo: Everybody scorns the right to access to informations

01/03/2017

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

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Bulgaria: municipalities fund local media to better influence them

24/02/2017

Between 2013 and 2015, ten Bulgarian municipalities funded some local medias for more or less 3 milions euros: an investment that aimed to influence the editorial policies of beneficiaries and to guarantee some "media ease".

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Romania: New culture of protests

16/02/2017

An analysis of French journalist Nicolas Don of the recent protests in Romania.

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Media in Serbia: "working today is tougher than during Milošević's years"

13/02/2017

Are Serbian medias less free today than during the years when rule Slobodan Milošević ruled? Omer Karabeg talks with journalist Lila Radonjić and Snježana Milivojević, Professor in Political Sciences faculty of Belgrade.

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