Research “Analysis of the Montenegrin Media – Standards, Manipulation and Objective Reporting”

The research “Montenegrin Media Analysis – Standards, Manipulation and Objective Reporting” is part of the project “DO – Investigative journalism, DISCOVER – Media literacy”, conducted by SMCG as a partner organization in cooperation with a NGO 35mm, the Faculty of Political Science of University of Montenegro (FPN) and the Crime and corruption reporting network – (LUPA).

During the monitoring of the press (Pobjeda, Dan, Vijesti and Dnevne novine) and the news agency Mina, total of 7,746 articles were analyzed.

Research about cases of violation of personality rights in the media 2016-2018 “Monitoring to free media”

The TUMM, in cooperation with the courts in Podgorica and Bijelo Polje, collected data on how many cases of damage compensation due to violation of personality rights (honour and reputation) were brought to these courts from the beginning of 2016 to the end of 2018, how many final judgments were adopted and how many cases are still pending. Almost all of these cases were the subject of our analysis, which consisted of monitoring court proceedings for all active cases, as well as analysing final judgments to gain insight into case law when adopting the judgments.

The result of the research is a database of cases from 2016 to the end of 2018, with the following information: who sues most, what is the cause, which media are most sued, what is the outcome of court proceedings (or how many lawsuits are accepted by the court and how many are dismissed), what is the amount of damages awarded, duration of proceedings…

Research about working conditions in digital media – “New media – old problems 2019”

The report “New media – old problems” presents findings of the research with journalists employed by digital media and is a follow-up to the 2018 survey that was the first survey in this area in Montenegro. The report summarizes the findings of two years of research and monitoring of the situation in online media and offers recommendations for improving and solving identified problems. The document in front of you is part of the project “Union to Union – Digital media organizing campaign 2019”, which is traditionally implemented by the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (TUMM) with the support of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Swedish Union of Journalists.

Media and the police in BiH: The balance between the public and investigation interest

Transparency of police work and partnership with the media are among the basic postulates of societies with a democratic tradition. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the relationship between journalists and police officials is burdened with several problems, which is why their mutual communication cannot boast with the highest rating.

Although both are “sworn in” to professionalism, impartiality and work in the public interest, the impression is that they are not always on the same page. However, unlike some of the other institutional levels, which could not even get a passing grade from the journalists who follow their work, journalists who interact with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s police structures on a daily basis would give them, by the school term grading, a solid C.

Still, it should be noted that it is not only the quality of communication a burden on journalists, but also the way of police communication with the media, and thus indirectly with citizens. The media community believes that the police often, instead of demystifying their work and making it close and accessible, insist on legacies from authoritarian regimes, with the quite the opposite as the result.

In the analysis of journalist Brankica Spasenic read what journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina think about the relationship with the police, how they gather information when police officers don’t want to give it, how much is the police prepared to protect journalists and what the police agencies and institutions do to improve relations with media representatives. The analysis was carried out as part of a project conducted by BH Journalists Association in cooperation with the German Embassy in BiH.

The analysis in English is available HERE.

Status and need of correspondents in the Republic of North Macedonia

The finances are a major problem for correspondents, and all researches on the socioeconomic status of correspondents show that monthly allowances or freelance fees can not even cover basic living expenses. But this is not the only problem identified in this research. Lack of technical equipment, pressures from the newsrooms, but also from local officials make it difficult for journalists to do their job