Newsletter Nr. 16/2020


Journalists-in-Residence Milan 

Within the EU-funded project Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), Q Code Mag, supported by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), is launching the first call of the protection programme for media workers called Journalists-in-Residence Milan (JiR Milan).


How agriculture changes in Serbia

Temperatures are rising, winds are blowing the humus away and extreme weather events are increasing: a problem for agriculture in Serbia. A video report

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Moral accountability and implicated subjects from Yugoslavia to Trump

Jelena Subotić

War crimes, racism, xenophobia, political violence. Who is to blame for what happened in the former Yugoslavia or for what is happening in Trump's America today? What is the responsibility of individuals? What is the responsibility of states? What is the responsibility of societies? What is our responsibility? An analysis

Protests in Bulgaria, the voices from the square

Francesco Martino

Protests against the Borisov government have been going on for over 20 days in Bulgaria. Our correspondent was at the heart of the demonstrations – in the centre of capital Sofia – to collect the live voices of the protest

Media in Turkey: a testing ground of censorship and control

Sofia Verza, Fazıla Mat

Turkey is currently the largest prison for journalists in the world, with over 80 media workers in detention. Not content with that, the Turkish parliament has now passed a law that gives the government more control over social networks. An analysis of the situation of the Turkish media

Surrogate motherhood and exploitation in Ukraine

Claudia Bettiol

Ukraine is one of the few countries where surrogate motherhood is legal and commercial. Private agencies and clinics offer these services, fuelling the so-called "rent-a-womb tourism". Many Ukrainian women do it for money, but at what price?

COVID-19 and the illegal drug market

László Arató

Restrictions introduced because of the pandemic have not arrested drug trafficking in Europe, even if they did cause gaps in supply and a price increase in some cases. Distribution channels have become more diverse, and more and more deals occur on the internet

Hydroelectric power in Bosnia: between moratorium and abuse during lockdown

Marco Ranocchiari

To defend the Balkan rivers, it was first necessary to make people aware that they were in danger. An interview with Ulrich Eichelmann, founder of the NGO RiverWatch and one of the coordinators of the campaign Save the Blue Heart of Europe

Malafekas: pulp is the genuine product of a country in crisis

Elvira Krithari

Times of crisis generate pulp characters, immersed in the need for action, armed with a realist language and no frills. An interview with Greek writer Makis Malafekas, author of “Athens Undocumented”