Even the most pessimistic predictions couldn't have foreseen that the new government in Croatia will adopt the practice used in the 90's, when Franjo Tudjman authoritatively threatened freedom of expression in Croatian media.
None of about 40 killings of journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last 25 years has been clarified. Around the world more than 2.300 journalists and media workers have been killed while covering different events, and only one of ten killings of journalists gets investigated.
Dozens of freelance journalists in Belarus face fines for working for “foreign media”. European press associations warned on this eastern republic’s authorities’ continuation of bad practice after they sanctioned, at the beginning of this year, Larysa Shchyrakova with around 225 euro for breaking an article of the Belarusian Code on Administrative Offenses which forbids freelance journalists in the country from working with foreign media outlets.
Digital communication strategist Gillo Cutrupi warned that there is too much noise on the Internet and that it is lowering information flow. Cutrupi spoke to Media.ba about today’s biggest threats to unobstructed flow of digital information and how every activist, organisation and journalist can strengthen the civil society sector.
In order to ease spreading of useful information and contents on media freedom in Europe, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and the European Centre for Media Freedom developed a new online platform - the Resource Centre.
Reporting over the bombings around the elections in Turkey was banned while the majority of media presented the ruling party AKP as the only owner and protector of the country. Meanwhile, the so-called “supporters of AKP“ attacked the Doğan media center, where offices of Hurriyet daily are located, while their columnist Ahmet Hakan was attacked in front of his house. In the pre-election period there were many other attacks and prosecutions against the journalists.
Borka Rudic, Secretary General of BH Journalists Association, talks about the organization’s plan to open local chapters throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and offer stronger support to journalists in small towns
Goran Sarić, a well-known journalist, writer, lecturer and former assistant editor of one of the most important cultural magazines in ex-Yugoslavia "Književna revija", assesses the situation of professional standards of journalism and media ethics, citing the main weaknesses and strengths.