South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)

Articles by South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM)

‘Journalism Matters’: SEENPM launches public service journalism and media literacy campaign in Western Balkans

The campaign features approximately 100 compelling video messages delivered by prominent media workers on the key aspects of a professional journalist’s work, the threats that journalists face, and the main factors that generate mistrust in the media.

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

Media under pressure across Balkans

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.

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

Serbia: Editor Milan Jovanović’s house was firebombed

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

Media freedom takes massive blow in Hungary

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.

Davor Dragicevic (L), father of a student found dead in a stream in March, protests with duct tape over his mouth during the 100th day of a demonstration asking for justice, in Banja Luka, Bosnia, 3 July 2018, ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images

Bosnian journalist Vladimir Kovačević hospitalised after vicious attack

Kovačević was attacked by two unidentified men in front of his home; before the assault he had been covering a protest calling on the authorities to resolve the unexplained death of a 21-year-old student.

Journalists hold banners that read 'Stop violence' and 'For a life without fear' during a protest against the attack on  Olivera Lakić in Podgorica, Montenegro, 9 May 2018, SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images

Unknown assailants shoot Montenegrin investigative journalist Olivera Lakić in leg

Lakić is Motenegro’s most targeted journalist; she has been beaten and threatened numerous times in connection with her articles.

26 year old Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore in August 2015. , Facebook

The Pakistani government must release Zeenat Shahzadi from custody

Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was recently recovered from a kidnapping. Rather than releasing her to her family, the Pakistani government is arbitrarily holding her in custody.

The UN-HRC chamber, Geneva, Switzerland., Getty Images

HRC 36: Secure digital communications are essential for human rights

A joint statement by the Association of Progressive Communications, IFEX and 64 co-signatories at the UN-HRC 36 warns of the threat to human rights posed by recent attacks on the right to use encryption technology, in Turkey and across the globe.