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The Media Law Situation in Albania after the Communist Regime Breakdown

After almost 20 years of struggle for democracy and its consolidation, Albanian media has found itself in a situation when there is freedom of the press but no free press.[1]  The activity of media businesses can hardly be called transparent, and there is little or no state control. In addition, there are problems with legislation, … Continue reading

Across the Balkans, media freedom still under constraint

If freedom of the media is a mirror of democratic processes, the region’s reflection in that mirror is not so good. Most monitoring organisations confirm this. Particular examples dramatize just how unsatisfactory the situation still remains. Recently, journalists in Macedonia staged a simple but dramatic protest. In the middle of a press conference, they put … Continue reading

OSCE media freedom representative condemns attack on journalist in Romania

Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, today condemned the attack on journalist Dan Buruca and called on the Romanian authorities to carry out a thorough and quick investigation. “Attacks against media workers not only threaten the victims themselves, but they also endanger media freedom in the country,” said the Representative. “I hope … Continue reading

OSCE condemns brutal attack against journalist in Greece and urges swift investigation

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, today condemned the beating of Greek journalist Konstantinos Bogdanos, and called for a swift investigation by the authorities. “I hope that a thorough and transparent investigation will now be carried out by the authorities, in order to identify the attackers and clarify the motives behind … Continue reading

Media Freedom and Its Enemies in the Balkans

Together, their result is humiliated, financially exhausted and disillusioned journalists, editors who act as puppets for owners and propagandistic, irresponsible journalism in general.   One consequence: people throughout the Balkans are deprived of the information they need, which is a prerequisite for useful lasting reform. Another consequence: a chronic loss of public trust in the … Continue reading

Albanian Media and the Local Market

The changing political system in Albania is tied to the evolution and transformation of the media industry. The establishment of political pluralism and a market economy in 1991 brought with it the collapse of the state’s monopoly in the Albanian media market. This transition from a centralized system to a private media system was accompanied by … Continue reading

Lost Opportunity

Last week, 23-year-old Mevlik Jasarevic made headlines when he got off a tram outside the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and began firing an automatic rifle. But his journey began several hours earlier that morning, when he crossed the border from Serbia into Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jasarevic is a Serbian citizen. Stepping from tram No. 3, Jasarevic reportedly yelled “Run! … Continue reading

Internet on The Balkans

This weekend the Internet has celebrated the twenty years of the World Wide Web that on 6 August 1991 became publicly available; and Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website. Back then, he posted a short summary of the project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. I was trying to remember my first html page back in 1996, probably stored on many floppy disks, … Continue reading

In The Balkans, The Headlines Preceded The War

The phones were ringing off the hook with angry Croats accusing Sarajevo state television of being “anti-Croatian television.”  It was late October 1991 and I was the station’s program director. There was a war going on in Croatia and our evening news cast that day included a story about an Orthodox priest who had been … Continue reading

Ten Years of Media Support to the Balkans: An Assessment

What has been the impact of ten years of the international community’s support to media in the Western Balkans? This report from the Media Task Force of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe analyses 37 existing evaluations of media support projects, and makes recommendations for the future. In spite of mixed results, the impact … Continue reading

Social Media Powers Up Language Education and Communication Development in the Balkans

Belgrade, Serbia – February 20, 2012 – PRODIREKT today announced that its communication and language network Verbalisti exceeded an important 10,000-member mark for its Facebook business page. PRODIREKT recently celebrated another landmark when its Verbalisti YouTube media channel logged 100,000 video views, the barrier that was broken only two years after the channel inception, with the video views connected … Continue reading

Confused Images: How the Media Fueled the Balkans War

Vlado Staka, a young reporter for the Sarajevo daily, Oslobodenje, sat in a dimly-lit cafe back in May 1994 telling a foreign journalist about the most horrifying assignment of his career. Just three months earlier, on February 5, a lone Bosnian Serb mortar shell slammed into the outdoor market in downtown Sarajevo, killing 68 and … Continue reading