The State Department’s annual human rights report says political and oligarchical pressures, as well as lawsuits, remain a constant threat to media freedom in the region, although the situation in North Macedonia has improved.
Moldova’s border police briefly detained two Greek journalists investigating a paedophile network – though they later insisted it had all been a simple misunderstanding.
Croatian Interior Minister says he is considering changing the police code of conduct amid calls for the police chief’s resignation after two officers visited a newsroom and demanded to see a reporter’s ID.
General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists has urged Croatia’s PM to take concrete steps to ensure media freedom in the country, after a major journalist protest on Saturday over the volume of lawsuits against them.
At a time of growing pressure on the media, a human rights foundation in Croatia is launching a new solidarity fund to help journalists and others whose rights have been violated.
Protesting about growing pressures on their work, especially from lawsuits, Croatian journalists on Saturday handed a list of demands to the government, seeking firmer guarantees of media freedom.
Montenegrin police said they have arrested nine people in connection with an attack on Vijesti newspaper journalist Olivera Lakic, who was shot in the leg in front of her apartment in May 2018.
Around 30 Croatian NGOs said they will not speak to public broadcaster HRT for two weeks because of the lawsuits it has filed against journalists.
The N1 Balkan television network’s Serbian office said it received a letter threatening to kill its staff, while its executive producer blamed government politicians for stirring up antagonism against media.
Journalists’ associations in Bulgaria have condemned rapidly adopted law amendments that give a state regulator, the Data Protection Committee, the power to fine journalists and media outlets.