Indicators on the Level of Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety in the Western Balkans – Comparative Analysis 2022

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    Six years have passed since in 2016 the Regional Platform for advocating media freedom
    and journalists’ safety (now SafeJournalists platform) has published its first assessment on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety in five Western Balkan countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia).The first assessment in 2016 established many deficiency in the implementation of the constitutional and legal guarantees for media freedom and safety of journalists in five Western Balkan countries: media, journalists and their associations had been target to various political, commercial and other types of pressures which created a system of dependencies, capturing entirely the professional integrity of the journalists and eventually violating the citizens’ right to be objectively and comprehensively informed about all the relevant issues in their democratic societies.