Kosovo is 75th on the list for freedom of expression.

Kosovo is ranked 75th in the world for press freedom. This is done by the organization  Reporters Without Borders. Unlike in 2018, Kosovo has made progress, which has been raised for three positions.

European Commission – Serbia 2019 Report

The purpose of the report is to evaluate the implementation of reforms on the way towards membership in the EU and represents an accompanying document to the “Enlargement Strategy”, which defines the general guidelines for the development of policies in the current and next year. The strategy indicates the most important problems and challenges for countries, which share similar problems in the development of democracy and fulfilling the conditions for full membership in the EU.

Analyses of verdict for defamation against CIN

Mehmed Halilović, the legal expert from Sarajevo, analyzes the decision of the Sarajevo Municipal Court in the case of a defamation lawsuit against the journalist of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) for the needs of the BH Journalists Association and Free Media Help Line.

The analysis states, inter alia: “The first instance verdict of the Sarajevo Municipal Court is an obvious example of the failure to understand the role of press / media in a democratic society guaranteed in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and protected in a series of judgments of the European Court for the Protection of Human Rights EC”.

Chronicle of Attacks and Pressures against Journalists in 2018

In order to systematically monitor, record, and analyse developments on Serbia’s media scene the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia has been using the Early warning system for five years. It is focused on five key areas most directly connected to media freedoms and the position of journalists and other media professionals. According to the parameters used by IJAS in implementation of the early warning system, the media scene in Serbia last year was marked by different types of issues faced by both journalists and media outlets.  NUNS database indicates continuation of the growing trend of pressures and threats against journalists and other media professionals and media which are objective and critical when reporting on authorities, especially on corruption and organized crime.

Full report, Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety [MONTENEGRO]

This research represent the findings set out in the third survey, conducted within the framework of the project “Regional Platform for the Western Balkans for the Promotion of Media Freedom and Security of Journalists”, outlines the situation in these areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The main goal of the third survey is to identify new developments and to compare the level of media freedom and security of journalists identified in 2016 and 2017.

The authors of the report for Montenegro, done for the needs of the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro, are Marijana Camović and Bojana Laković Konatar.