Journalists around the world are becoming aware of the pressures from the authorities, as well as of all the things that happened to WikiLeaks after the publication of documents, said Kristin Hrafnson, spokesman for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, expressing the hope that this will lead to greater unity of journalists in resisting such pressures.
Styria and the Media investment development fund, as majority owners of the daily "Vijesti" and shareholders of Vijesti TV, are seriously concerned about the financial pressures exerted by the government over independent media, and warn the persistence of impunity in cases of attacks against journalists.
Governments can and should take steps to guarantee an environment enabling a vibrant media landscape, said in their recommendations the organizations that participated in the Civil Society Forum, which was held as part of the Summit of the Western Balkans in Vienna.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has an media army behind him. Many have a direct line to Kremlin, and chief editors are regularly briefed about content that needs to be published. Everything depends on Putin.