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Press freedom 2009 (Jan-Apr)


Tenth anniversary of NATO strike on Radio-Television Serbia (RTS)
Vienna, 23 April 2009
 
Exactly ten years after NATO bombed the headquarters of Serbian state radio and television (RTS), the Vienna based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, today calls for NATO to ensure an independent investigation into the attack... read more
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Fine handed down to journalist - Serbia
Vienna, 16 April 2009
 
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the excessive fine handed down 30 March 2009 by the Court in Nis, Serbia, in a defamation case against Dragana Kocic and Timosenko Milosavljevic, journalist and editor-in-chief, respectively, for the Serbian daily newspaper, Narodnih Novina... read more
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Worrying Trends in Slovakia
Vienna, 15 April 2009
 
Targeting of the Slovak press through civil defamation lawsuits is causing widespread concern among journalists that they cannot do their jobs without fear of reprisal, the International Press Institute warns in a report published today. The report details other concerns, including a right-of-reply law and verbal attacks on the media made by leading politicians... read more
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Threats against Correspondent for Belgrade daily in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vienna, 14 April 2009
 
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the recent threats directed against Radivoje Gutic, a local correspondent for the Belgrade, Serbia-based daily newspaper Vecernje novosti in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina... read more
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10 Years Later, Brazen Killing of Serbian Editor Remains Unsolved
Vienna, 11 April 2009
 
A decade after the murder of outspoken Serbian editor Slavko Curuvija, the International Press Institute and the South East Europe Media Organisation today again called for justice for the journalist, whose killers have not been found... read more
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Decision of authorities to stop free movement of journalists - Moldova
Vienna, 10 April 2009
 
The Vienna based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), affiliate of the International Press Institute, is disappointed to learn that on 7 April 2009, a group of journalists from Jurnalul Naþional, Evenimentul Zilei, Ziua, Realitatea TV, Associated Press, EPA, France Press, Intact Images, NewsIn, Mediafax and. Reuters, who were travelling from Romania to report from Chisinau, were stopped by the Moldovan authorities at the borders and could not enter Moldova... read more
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Serbian president's last-minute cancellation of interview with Austrian TV correspondent
Vienna, 9 April 2009
 
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is disappointed to learn that on 6 April 2009 the Serbian President Boris Tadic cancelled at the last minute an interview with the accredited correspondent of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (TV ORF) in Serbia, Christian Werschuetz... read more
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Physical Assault on TV Cameraman in Kosovo
Vienna, 16 March 2009
 

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the recent physical assault on Bojan Kosanin, a cameraman of the TV production Glas Juga and KiM Radio, in Silovo/Shilovo, Kosovo ... read more

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Accusations against Makfax news agency in Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia/FYROM)
Vienna, 13 March 2009
 

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the recent verbal accusations levelled against the news agency Makfax by a state official in Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia/FYROM).

According to information before SEEMO, on 10 March 2009, Marjan Madzovski, Cabinet Chief of the President of the Macedonian Parliament, accused Makfax of unprofessional behaviour, inaccurate news reporting, and breaching diplomatic protocol... read more

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Police action against a group of journalists in Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia / FYROM)
Vienna, 12 March 2009
 

According to information before SEEMO, on Tuesday 3 March 2009, at approximately 18:00, police stopped and searched the car of a group of journalists from the Tetovo-based Albanian-language newspaper, Shqip Media, on the outskirts of the town of Kumanovo... read more

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Slavko Curuvija - Serbia
Vienna, 11 March 2009
 

Serbian authorities must step up their investigation into the killing of journalist and publisher Slavko Curuvija, the International Press Institute and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation, said today, one month before the 10th anniversary of his death... read more

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Slavko Curuvija - Serbia
Protest Letter to Minister of Justice of Serbia
Vienna, 11 March 2009
 
To:  

Snezana Malovic,
Minister of Justice of Serbia

     

Dear Minister Malovic,

The International Press Institute (IPI), the Global Network for a Free Media, and its regional affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), would like to call your attention to the still unsolved murder of Slavko Curuvija, Serbian journalist and publisher killed ten years ago next month... read more

 

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Importance of Free Press in Turkey
Brussels, 10 March 2009
 

The International Press Institute Monday appealed to European Commission leaders to make press freedom a priority in ongoing membership talks with Turkey amid concern over verbal attacks on news organisations and continued legal hurdles to free expression in the country.

IPI Director David Dadge held meetings with Ollie Rehn, the enlargement commissioner, and other officials to emphasize the European Union's influence in seeking reforms during membership negotiations with Turkey... read more

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Attacks on the media in Greece
Vienna, 5 March 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned about the continuous attacks on the media in Greece.

According to information received by SEEMO, during the evening of 26 February 2009 the offices of the Athens-based newspaper Apogevmatini were attacked by a group of masked men... read more

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Pressure on media outlets, investigative journalism, and freedom of speech in Serbia
Vienna, 3 March 2009
 

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is concerned about recent developments in Serbia, where constant pressure is exerted on media outlets, investigative journalism, and freedom of speech.

Political and police pressure were exerted on the staff of the daily newspaper Borba after it published allegedly confidential information about the decision of the Serbian Government to pay one million dollars in the case of Miladin Kovacevic... read more

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Rajko Vasic - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Protest Letter to Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
Vienna, 27 February 2009
 
To:   Milorad Dodik,
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska
     

Your Excellency,

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the accusations made by Rajko Vasic, Secretary General of the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (Savez Nezavisnih Socijaldemokrata - SNSD) against the Belgrade, Serbia-based BETA News Agency and its correspondent Ljiljana Kovacevic... read more

     
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Physical Attack on Journalist Abdulhalim Dede during Live Broadcast - Greece
Vienna, 25 February 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the physical attack on journalist Abdulhalim Dede on 19 February while he was on-air during the morning programme, Kalimera Ellada, broadcast by the Athens, Greece-based Antenna TV.

According to SEEMO's sources, the Turkish Ziraat Bank had invited, among others, Dimitris Stamatis, Secretary General of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, to attend the opening of its first branch in Komotini, Thrace, Greece... read more

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Gunfire Attack on TV Station in Athens - Greece
Vienna, 18 February 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned over the attack on private television station TV Alter in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, 17 February.

According to information before SEEMO, around 7:15 p.m., four armed men fired shots and threw a suspected explosive device outside the premises of TV Alter's central offices in Athens... read more

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Outburst Against Media - Turkey
Vienna, 5 February 2009
 

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) 2 February reiterated earlier calls for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refrain from verbal attacks on the media.

This latest call follows the 30 January assault on journalists during a public speech in which the prime minister condemned the press for being biased in their coverage of the recent Gaza conflict... read more

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Death Threats against Journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vienna, 4 February 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute, is deeply concerned over recent death threats made against journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to information received by SEEMO, Bakir Hedziomerovic, editor-in-chief of the programme "60 Minutes", broadcast by the television channel FBiH, and one of the country's leading investigative journalists, received multiple death threats... read more

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Brutal assaults on several journalists in Kosovo
Vienna, 21 January 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the current media environment in Kosovo, marked by a recent string of brutal attacks against journalists and other press freedom violations.

According to information received by SEEMO on 8 January, several journalists working for Most TV were attacked by a crowd as they were on the site of a bomb blast in Bosnjacka Mahala/ Mitrovica... read more

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Eviction of newspaper TemA from its premises - Albania
Vienna, 20 January 2009
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute, is deeply concerned about the recent eviction of the Albanian newspaper TemA from its premises by the Minister of Economical Affairs, Genc Ruli.

According to information received by SEEMO, the Minister of Economical Affairs cancelled unilaterally and without any further notice the newspaper's 20-year-old contract for the premises... read more

 

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Exclusion of certain media by the Orthodox Church in Macedonia (FYROM)
Vienna, 19 January 2009
 

SEEMO expresses concern about the exclusion of certain media by the Orthodox Church in the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about efforts by the Orthodox Church in the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to prevent certain media from properly carrying out their work ... read more

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The South East Europe Media Organisation * Südosteuropäische Medienorganisation * Медијска организација Југоисточне Европе * Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Europe
Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Evrope * Organizata mediale e Evropës Juglindore * Medijska organizacija za Jugovzhodno Evropo
Медиумската организација на југоисточна Европа * Organizzazione dei Media del Sud-Est Europa *
l’Organisation des médias du Sud Est de l’Europe
Délkelet-európai Médiaszervezet * Organizácia médií juhovýchodnej Európy * Organizace medií jihovýchodní Evropy * Kaakkois-Euroopan maiden mediajarjesto
Медийна организация за югоизточна Европа * Media Organisatie voor Zuid Oost Europa * Organización de Medios de Comunicación del Sureste Europeo
Dimosiografikos Organismos Notioanatolikis Evropis (Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης) * Медиа Организация Юго-Восточной Европы
Медiа Органiзацiя Пiвденно-Схiдно Європи * Organizacja Medii Poludniowo-Wschodniej Europy * Cənubi-Şərqi Avropa üzrə Media Təşkilatının
Den sydøsteuropæiske medieorganisation * ארגון המדיה הדרום-מזרח אירופי * दक्षिण पूर्वी यूरोप मीडिया संगठन * Güneydoğu Avrupa Medya Örgütü
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