Balkan Media Watch


March 4, 2019

United Group, a US-owned, Netherlands-based telecoms provider, bought a pro-government TV station in Montenegro, raising hopes the channel would pursue more objective coverage. But little changed.

March 1, 2019

Reporters and media outlets in Croatia will protest in Zagreb on Saturday about the number of lawsuits filed against them – including by the national broadcaster – which they say is undermining their freedom.

February 11, 2019

In the latest in the Last Despatches series about journalists and media workers killed during and after the break-up of Yugoslavia, BIRN examines the 2001 murder of reporter Milan Pantic, whose killing was allegedly linked to high-level crime.

January 29, 2019

Media owners and editors in Bosnia are not doing enough to clean up their readers’ comments sections, which are riddled with hate speech, experts say.

December 7, 2018

Serbian Telekom says it needs to grow to meet the challenge of its main competitor  – but its moves have become mired in political controversy.

November 9, 2018

Under the ruling Progressive Party, Serbia has a seen a spate of personal data leaks targeting critics of the government or state institutions, and no one has been held to account.

October 30, 2018

Amid a growing trend towards historical revisionism in the country, Croatian television and newspapers offer airtime and space to right-wingers who downplay the crimes committed by the World War II fascist Ustasa regime.

October 18, 2018

The 75-year-old former Yugoslav state news agency was officially closed down in 2015, but continues operating in a legal limbo. Now the government wants to sell the name.

October 5, 2018

The largely unreformed media sector has contributed to the new government’s recent difficulties.

September 25, 2018

Minister’s criticism of the porn and violence shown on the country’s reality shows kickstarts fresh debate over whether TV regulatory agency is doing its job.