Summary of the findings, Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety – Macedonia 2018
Summary of the findings established in research conducted within the regional project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety, which is implemented by the national journalists’ associations in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.
Censorship as a Limit Instrumentallity of Freedom of Expression
Daniela Jurcic, docent at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Mostar.
“Journalists, loyal to authorities, have much better treatment than those who criticize them. Examples of co-operation between political elites and the media sector are exposing journalists to political and economic pressures. Some of them include threats as well as physical attacks against journalists. Other pressures are latent and include economic but also political pressures on the media, such as limiting budget funds or withdrawing advertising content whose media are financially dependent. “
Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety in Macedonia 2018
This report presents the findings of the research conducted within the regional project Western Balkans Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety, which is implemented by the national journalists’ associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and a trade union in Montenegro. This report is a follow up of the baseline study on legislation, socio-economic and political situation with respect to freedom of media and security of journalists, which identified the key challenges and recommendations for associations of journalists and other stakeholders. The main goal of the third research was to identify new developments and compare the current state of media freedom and security of journalists with the situation established in 2016 and 2017.
Indicators on the Level of Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety in the Western Balkans
Two years have passed since in 2016 the Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety has published its first assessment on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety in the Western Balkans. The goal in the 2016 report was to establish the “state of affairs” in five Western Balkan countries, considering the fact that media and journalists in the region had been target to political and business pressures which over the decades have evolved into a system of dependencies, colonising the professional integrity of the journalists-professionals and ultimately devastating the public sphere. This is why, freedom of expression became one of the top priorities in the enlargement strategy of the European Commission which developed a long term (2014-2020) assistance approach to support the achievement of political goals in the fields of freedom of expression and media integrity1 . This, 2018 report, builds on the assessment made then, and asks the questions: What has been done since then? Are the associations of journalists and the media trade unions in Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, stronger and more organised than in 2016? Are the authorities in these countries more responsible and responsive when it comes to issues of freedom of speech and journalists safety? Are media and journalists more free now than they have been in 2016?
Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists safety Serbia, 2018
This Report comprises the findings of the third research conducted within the regional project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety, implemented by national organisations of journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. This report presents a follow up to the baseline study which presented more broadly the legislation, socio-economic and political situation with media freedom and journalists’ safety identified the key challenges and recommendations for journalists associations and other stakeholders. The main objective of this third research study is to detect new developments and to make comparisons with the level of media freedoms and journalists’ safety identified in 2017.