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.

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. “