18 July 2019
  • 10:50 Zagreb is always a good idea
  • 09:43 June Hot topics: Adria Airways in trouble; BiH bans cars older than 10 years; Serbia gets its first 5G base; Lower roaming costs in WB countries
  • 09:41 Top events in July
  • 11:46 Abanka sale completes privatisation of Slovenia’s largest banks
  • 09:44 MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings

Serbia ranked 90th on the list of 180 countreis on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, dropping 14 places from the previous year. The report emphasises that since Aleksander Vučić came to power, media freedom has been significantly reduced, andSerbia has become a place where practicing journalism is neither safe nor supported by the state”. The report warns of a rise in threats and attacks on the media. “The number of attacks on media is on the rise, including death threats, and inflammatory rhetoric targeting journalists is increasingly coming from the governing officials. Many attempts on journalists’ integrity have not been investigated, solved, or punished, and the aggressive smear campaigns that pro-government media orchestrate against investigative reporters are in the full swing,” the report states. In addition, the report notes that although some journalists cover and investigate corrupt practices, but their stories have a limited reach because of “media ownership concentration”.  “Collusion between politicians and media, widespread government-tolerated fake news, and a lack of pluralism in the print and broadcast media are also all sources of a big concern,” the report concludes.

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