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

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.