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Albanian Union of Journalists denounces ban of journalist’s entry in the Butrinti Park

12/10/2017

The Union is protesting against the order of the Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro who has prohibited the entry in the Butrinti UNESCO-protected Archaelogical Park to journalists who wants to investigate the ongoing illegal works of construction.

Shqiptaria: read the full article in Albanian

Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe

12/10/2017

According to Open Society Institute – Sofia survey, Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe. The index, produced by Open Society Institute, is based on five key criteria: media freedom, education, trust in society, and the use of information and communication technologies. Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania and Turkey are in the last places, while Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia are at the top.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Bulgarian journalists protested against the government pressure

12/10/2017

Dozens of journalists protested in Sofia against the State pressure. The demonstration was provoked by the threats against the Nova TV host Viktor Nikolaev. The former GERB MP Anton Todorov and the Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov warned him that he could loose his job if he continued to ask awkward questions. “Silence Kills” and “We Have Questions, Not Requests” were some of the main messages of the protest organized by the Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Albania: no access for journalist to Butrint archaeological park

11/10/2017

Beyond the antique walls of UNESCO-protected Butrinti archaeological park, in southern Albania, somebody is constructing a restaurant, although it is forbidden by national and international laws. That’s probably why journalist have no access, neither as a simple visitor.

Shqiptarja: read the full article in Albanian

Romania: financial benefits for positive news

09/10/2017

At the end of August, the Environment Minister Doina Pană said she would like the televisions to broadcast more positive news, adding that this could be financial rewarded. The idea is not new, and the statement is not exactly innocent or benign - the minister suggested the idea of a “pact” between women in the press and women in politics to uphold this law. Several years ago in Romania there was a similar legislative initiative according to which televisions should have broadcasted 50% positive news and 50% negative news. This law had been approved by the Senate, and only due to the pressure of civil society it was rejected by the President. Such a law, says Jean Fracois Julliard, spokesperson for Reporters sans Frontiers, exists only in China.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian


Romania: political interference on media

09/10/2017

In today’s Romania the most worrying episode of political interference in media freedom was on February 2017, when the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan drew up and presented a “blacklist” of journalists and politicians belonging to the opposition, who would have been “involved” in supporting anti-government protests.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian

Bulgaria: the “empty chair” of journalism

09/10/2017

Polina Paunova deepens the problems of the Bulgarian media environment, a media system being held hostage by political power.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Romania: more and more intimidated journalists

09/10/2017

One of the best tool for monitoring media skidding in Romania is the “FreeEx Report”, an ActiveWatch project which has been in place since 1999 to deal with both the monitoring of Romanian media and the alarming signals within the institutions and the organizations that should be able to intervene on media system. According to 2017 report, in the last year freedom of expression has been severely affected by radical discourses: there have been numerous intimidation attempts both within the guild and in the political environment.

Dilema Veche: read the full article in Romanian

Bulgaria: live threats

09/10/2017

The deputy from the ruling party GERB Anton Todorov and the deputy Prime Minister and United Patriots party co-leader Valeri Simeonov threatened a journalist from the national Nova TV. They warned him that if he kept asking awkward questions he would be fired.

Mediapool: read the full article in Bulgarian

Turkey: a peace declaration sued for ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

09/10/2017

An indictment has been issued for academics from İstanbul, Galatasaray, Boğaziçi, Mimar Sinan, Nişantaşı and Yeni Yüzyıl Universities who have signed the peace declaration “We will not be a party to this crime”. The academics are being charged with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” and are facing 7,5 years in prison.

Bianet: read the full article in English