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Italian, Balkan journalists on RWB list of "100 Information Heroes"


Two Italian and two Turkish journalists, plus one of each Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia have been named as "information heroes," along with 91 other media professionals and activists from across the globe

Turkey rated as "not free" in new global press freedom assessment


Turkey has dropped out of the group of "partly free" countries to join those in the "not free" category, according to Freedom House's annual report on press freedom in the world, released on May 1st. The authors of the survey explained the country's decline with the deterioration of the media environment there in 2013

Groups celebrate European support on World Press Freedom Day


European Commission grant recipients announce preliminary findings in projects intended to address threats, provide aid to journalists

OSCE highlights shortcomings during Macedonia election campaign


The OSCE said on Monday (April 28th) that the twin elections held in Macedonia the previous day were "orderly and peaceful," but that numerous problems had been identified in the runup to and after the vote, with the lack of a free and impartial media environment

Ensuring freedom of expression: key priorities for media sector in BiH


Freedom of expression and freedom of media are fundamental pillars of good governance and political accountability in democratic societies. Ensuring freedom of expression and freedom of media are also key priorities for the European Union (EU) and a key aspect of the EU integration process of the Western Balkans countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Austerity" becoming a dirty word in Greece?


A Berlin correspondent of Greece's semiofficial Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA), has accused the newswire service of engaging in pro government propaganda, The Press Project reported on April 16th

Bulgaria media mogul selling her publications to Irish company


New Bulgarian Media Group Holding (NBMG), solely owned by Irena Krasteva, raised eyebrows in the country on April 11th as it announced that it was selling the holding's print publications to Irish company Media Maker Limited (MML)

CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism


The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2014 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

EU should develop a media broadcasting strategy, MEPs say


The EU should devise a robust media broadcasting strategy aimed at promoting freedom of expression, media pluralism and strengthening democracy and human rights within its foreign policy, says Parliament in a recommendation adopted last Wednesday

SEEMO announces "Safety Net for European Journalists" involvement


The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), last Friday announced its participation in the “Safety Net for European Journalists”, a project creating “A Transnational Support Network for Media Freedom in Italy and Southeast Europe” together with the Rovereto, Italy-based Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC), part of the Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti; the Rome-based Ossigeno per L’Informazione; and Dr. Eugenia Siapera of Dublin City University