South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)
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German journalist Paul Arne Wagner is arrested by riot police during a protest against corruption in Bucharest, Romania, 20 June 2018, ADRIAN CATU/AFP/Getty Images

Political influence and direct or indirect control over the media, as well as smear campaigns, threats and violence against journalists, have caused the media environment to deteriorate in most countries in the Balkans.

Protesters carry a banner with the portraits of Azerbaijani political prisoners during a demonstration for press freedom, in Berlin, Germany, 21 January 2015, Maurizio Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images

Good news from Azerbaijan, anti-LGBTI+ violence in Chechnya, an IFEX member on trial in Turkey, journalists targeted by protesters across Europe, dubious convictions in Tajikistan and Montenegro, demonstrators demand protection of independent press in Serbia and Hungary.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, along with leaders from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and others, attends the opening ceremony of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Eskisehir, Turkey, 12 June 2018, Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Unidentified individuals threw a molotov cocktail through the journalist’s window in the early hours of 12 December, then fired shots to prevent his family fleeing the burning house.

During an anti-government demonstration organized by the group 'One-million citizens for press freedom', a poster reads 'Our homeland was broken by Prime Minister Viktor Orban!', in Budapest, Hungary, 23 October 2012, ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-Orbán media owners ‘donated’ their news outlets to the Central European Press and Media Foundation, a newly formed conglomerate headed by a prominent Orbán supporter.

A demonstrator holds a photo of anti-corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk, a candle and a placard reading in Ukrainian "Who are the Murderers of Katia Handziuk?" during a rally outside the Interior Ministry in Kyiv, 4 November 2018, Danil Shamkin / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Ukrainian activist murdered, masterminds indentified in Daphne murder case, Turkey targets civil society, feminists take on fascists in Spain, Tajikistan copies China’s Internet crackdown, Eiffel Tower dimmed for murdered journalists and more….

Two men hold pictures of murdered Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova (C) and murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (L), during a vigil in Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 October 2018, NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Journalists murdered, art vs misogyny in Tajikistan, two Russian publications threatened, Ireland rejects blasphemy, vaguely-worded counterterror legislation in the UK, vigils for Daphne, prejudice fails spectacularly in Romania…

A Russian police officer apprehends a youth during a protest rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Saint Petersburg, 9 September 2018, OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images

Arrests in the Jan Kuciak murder case, a Kyrgyz music video causes uproar, MEPs scrutinise Malta, a poisoning in Russia, UK spies on an IFEX member, terrorist propaganda trials in Turkey, insulting religious sentiment in Spain, an IFEX member goes to the ECtHR and more…

A portrait of Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty Turkey, is hung in front of a historic stock market building, in Paris, France, 6 June 2018; Kılıç was released on 15 August, FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Welcome prisoner releases in Turkey, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, mass targeting of journalists in Romania and Belarus, the far-right targets literature in Ukraine and the UK, an IFEX member denied parole, and more…