01. jun 2018.

Information Minister: Work on the new media strategy has not returned to the start, media freedom is not declining

The drafting of the media strategy has not been returned to the start, rather work on it was halted in an attempt to ensure the inclusion all relevant media scene actors in the drafting of the strategy, announced Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljević, adding that he did not feel accountable for the fact that this document has yet to be adopted.

01. jun 2018.

EC and RWB: media freedom situation in Serbia worrying; IREX: the worst year in memory

Serbia has not made progress in the area of freedom of expression over the past 18 months, according to the recently published European Commission's Report on the EU integration progress of the Western Balkan countries. At the same time, organisation Reporters Without Borders states that Serbia has regressed on freedom of the media, while the report of IREX gave Serbia the lowest rating in its media sustainability index since measuring has started in 2000.

01. jun 2018.

Media strategy drafting halted

The drafting of the national media strategy has been halted following consultations between President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, announced Vučić’s media advisor Suzana Vasiljević.

01. jun 2018.

Crowdfunding campaign to save local weekly

After 20 years of publishing and 1,000 editions, one of the most respected local media outlets in Serbia, news weekly Kikindske – based in the northern Serbian town of Kikinda – recently launched a crowdfunding campaign with the idea of providing the funds necessary to cover printing costs and ensure unhindered editorial work, as well as for “readers to help Kikindske in its fight against censorship”.

16. apr 2018.

Désir: Journalists’ security and media strategy crucial

The new OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, said during a recent visit to Serbia that this organisation is particularly concerned about the safety of journalists in the country, and that it is very important to shed light on attacks and unresolved murders of journalists.

16. apr 2018.

Freedom House: Media freedom and democracy on the decline in Serbia

For the fourth consecutive year, the state of democracy in Serbia has deteriorated – on the issues of media independence, the civil sector, state administration and local government, while power is continuing to be concentrated in the hands of President Aleksandar Vučić, according to the latest Freedom House report on countries in transition.

16. apr 2018.

Inspections of Southern News Continue

More than five months after the launch of unusually detailed inspections of Južnih vesti – the most popular independent media company in southern Serbia, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić has spoken with the Director of the Tax Administration and stated that checks should be completed in the shortest possible time, in order not to further hinder work, “provided there are no indications that they should be further expanded”, reports agency FoNet.

16. apr 2018.

Government pressure on local media via inspection controls

One of the most highly-reputed and well-read local media outlets in Serbia, portal Južne vesti (Southern News), based in the southeast Serbian city of Niš, has been subjected to monitoring by two parallel inspections for the past several months, on the basis of “anonymous reports”.

16. apr 2018.

BBC Serbian starts operating

  Seven years after the cancelling of its radio programme in Serbia, the BBC has returned to the country. Late March saw the launch of the BBC’s digital platform in the Serbian language (bbc.com/serbian).

16. apr 2018.

Tanjug Agency fabricates a report on media freedom in Serbia

Pro-government news agency Tanjug has announced that media freedom in the countries of Southeast Europe is on the decline, except in Serbia – with reference to a survey of the clientelism index for 2016, which was presented on 7th March at a press conference in the Press Club Brussels.

16. apr 2018.

Vučić says he will no longer appear on public service until they guarantee not to quieten his tone

After Goran Vesić, a senior official of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), claimed that he had his tone reduced while talking in a pre-election debate on Radio-Television Serbia (RTS), Serbian President and SNS leader Aleksandar Vučić threatened not to appear as a guest on RTS until they guarantee that they won’t also reduce the volume on him.

25. dec 2017.

LESKOVAC: Media barely surviving

Written by  Sanja S. Stevanović, Perica Gunjić

Media at the local level are not in a position to survive on the market, which is why most of them depend on project co-financing. Although this process is essential for the media, the conducting of contests have many shortcomings. In Leskovac as many as 19 media outlets received money through contests, which is the reason project co-financing has lost its purpose. The quality of projects is not considered in deciding. Capacities are weak when it comes to both media outlets and journalists.

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