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Romania is consuming less earthly resources than the world’s average


In all of EU countries Earth Overshoot Day – the date when all of the inhabitants have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year – falls before 1 August, except for Romania.

Serbia: “The court shows a clear intention to release those accused of murdering journalist Ćuruvija"


Veran Matić, president of the Commission for the Investigation of the Murder of Journalists in Serbia, assessed that the progression of the trial for the murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, which has been ongoing for more than three years, suggests the acquittal of those accused of the murder, which took place in April 1999.

Montenegro: sacking of director-general Andrijana Kadija renews political interference in public broadcaster


A new alarm has been raised about the politicization of public service media in Montenegro (Radiotelevizija Crne Gore, RTCG), following the dismissal of director general, Andrijana Kadija

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Global campaign launches with call to subscribe to secular daily Cumhuriyet

LGBT rights in the Balkans: what is still missing


The last annual review of ILGA-Europe, the European LGBT umbrella organization, praises most Balkan countries for the laws that they have introduced – but implementation is still poor and further steps are needed

Suicides in prison are less frequent in the Balkans than in the rest of Europe


The suicide rate in the prisons of South-East Europe is low compared to the other European countries, in part because of the different composition of the prison population.

A Wikipedia online contest on Media Freedom


On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated today, OBCT launches an online contest to translate and improve articles on media freedom on Wikipedia

Cumhuriyet trial: the crime is journalism


OBCT signs a joint statement to call on the institutions of the Council of Europe to remind Turkey of its international obligation to respect human rights

EU-Turkey Summit in Bulgaria: symbolic accreditation issued for jailed Turkish journalists


Days ahead of the EU-Turkey summit in Varna (Bulgaria), the Bulgarian section of the Association of European Journalists held a symbolic action in solidarity with media professionals currently detained in Turkey, demanding their immediate release

New fund to support EU investigative journalism launched


A fund of up to €450,000 to support cross-border investigative journalism in the European Union is being launched today by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the International Press Institute (IPI)