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SEEMO Urges Bulgaria to Allow Journalists from Republic of Macedonia/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Enter the Country
Vienna,  20 April 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the decision of Bulgarian authorities to deny Skopje-based journalists the permission to enter Bulgaria, without an explanation, and cover an event organised in the village of Melnik, where local hero Yane Sandanski was killed in 1872. Sandanski led a resistance movement against the Ottoman Empire. Ethnic Bulgarians and Macedonians disagree over his ethnic origin. Each group claims him as their own hero... read more
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SEEMO Concerned Over Growing Restrictions on Press Freedom in Bulgaria
Vienna,  18 April 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), expressed concern that the latest amendments adopted by the Bulgarian parliament could affect press freedom... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack on Journalist with Hungarian-Language Daily in Serbia
Vienna,  19 April 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI,) on Tuesday condemned the physical attack on Csaba Szögi, a journalist with Képes Ifjúsá, the youth supplement of the Hungarian-language daily Magyar Szó, based in Novi Sad, Serbia... read more
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SEEMO is Concerned with the Deteriorating Media Environment in Serbia
Vienna,  16 April 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), expresses its concern about the deteriorating media environment in Serbia, including the government´s delay in formulating the promised Media Development Strategy; unreasonable court sentences; physical threats; and political, economic and legal pressure against journalists. Currently, three journalists live under 24-hour police protection... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack Against Journalist Mutlu Esendemir in Northern Cyprus
Vienna, 12 April 2011
 
The Vienna-based South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the recent bomb attack targeting Mutlu Esendemir, the news editor of the Turkish-Cypriot Kanal T Television and a reporter for the Turkish language daily Kibris. The explosive device placed underneath Esendemir´s car, parked in front of the Kanal T premises, exploded as he tried to open the car door. The journalist was treated in the hospital for minor injuries... read more
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IPI Welcomes Progress in Investigation into 2000 Slaying of Ukraine Journalist
Vienna, 8 April 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) on 22 March welcomed news that Ukraine's state prosecutor has opened a criminal case against former President Leonid Kuchma for his alleged involvement in organising the 2000 murder of opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze... read more
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Authorities Search Home of Polish-Belarusian Journalist Andrzej Poczobut
Vienna, 8 April 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) on 30 March denounced Belarusian authorities' search of the apartment of Polish-Belarusian journalist Andrzej Poczobut, and their seizure of a computer and other items... read more
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OSCE Report Finds Turkey Is Holding 57 Journalists in Prison
Vienna, 8 April 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) obtained on 4 April a report from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) indicating that Turkey is currently holding at least 57 journalists in prison - apparently more than any other country... read more
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SEEMO Launches a Specialised Webpage on Press Freedom in Hungary
Vienna, 6 April 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has launched a specialized website dedicated to press freedom-related developments in Hungary. The Budapest-based Center for Independent Journalism, a member of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, is SEEMO´s partner in this project... read more
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IPI / SEEMO Condemns Turkish Raids in Search of Unpublished Book by Journalist Ahmet Sik
Vienna, 28 March 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) on Friday condemned raids by Turkish police last week in search of draft copies of an unpublished book by imprisoned journalist Ahmet Sik that reportedly focuses on the influence of an alleged Islamic group within the country's police force... read more
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Kosovo Journalist Threatened by Supermarket Security
Vienna, 25 March 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) is alarmed by the attack on daily Lajm reporter Fatos Shala by a security guard working for a supermarket in Kosovo... read more
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SEEMO Launches an Electronic Version of its Flagship Publication South, East and Central Europe Media Handbook
Vienna, 18 March 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has launched an online version of the South, East and Central Europe Media Handbook. The online database www.mediahandbook.org contains an array of updated information on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine... read more
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IPI / SEEMO Condemns Military Police Raid on Czech Television Offices
Vienna, 14 March 2011
 

The International Press Institute (IPI) and the South and East Europe Media Organisation today joined with its IPI Slovakian Committee in condemning Friday’s raid on the offices of Czech Television in Prague by military police.

Czech daily newspaper Právo reported that on 11 March 2011 masked military police carrying automatic weapons entered the station with a court order to secure a recently declassified document, and took away seven bags of documents and three computers... read more

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World's Press Groups Assess Media Scene in EU-Hopeful Montenegro
Podgorica, Montenegro,  9 March 2011
 
Three global press organisations have agreed to assess the media landscape in Montenegro, a young democracy which hopes to join the European Union but whose candidacy has raised press freedom concerns.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) recently sent a joint delegation to the southeastern European republic to assess the threats to a free and independent press, and determine how to improve conditions in which a free press can thrive... read more
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IPI/SEEMO Press Release: IPI Renews Objections to Hungarian Media Law Following Amendment
Vienna, 11 March 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) renewed on 9 March 2011 its objections to Hungary's new media law following the adoption of amendments intended to defuse criticism by the European Union... read more
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Turkish Court Orders Arrest of IPI World Press Freedom Hero
Vienna, 11 March 2011
 
Journalist Nedim Sener, one of the International Press Institute (IPI)'s World Press Freedom Heroes, has been ordered arrested by an Istanbul court as part of a controversial probe into an alleged plot to overthrow the government, IPI has learned from its Turkish National Committee... read more
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SEEMO Shows Solidarity with B92
Vienna, 11 March 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and fourteen ambassadors accredited in Serbia expressed their public solidarity with the employees of B92 radio and television by visiting the premises on 8 March 2011. SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic joined the visit and spoke to the journalists - who have faced serious threats... read more
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SEEMO Concerned over US Ambassador's Open Letter to Kosovo's Independent Media Commission
Vienna, 4 March 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), deplores the overreaction of Christopher Dell, US Ambassador in Pristina, to the publication of photos with text messages apparently showing his involvement in the election of Kosovo president Behgjet Pacolli. The photos showed text-messages exchanged between Pacolli and his advisor Esad Puskar, seated next to the US ambassador in a parliamentary session during which the vote for president occurred on 22 February 2011... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Gun Attack, Death Threat against Turkish-Cypriot Journalist Sener Levent
Vienna, 2 March 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the gun attack and death threat against Turkish-Cypriot journalist Sener Levent, editor of the newspaper Afirka... read more
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SEEMO Expresses Concern over Amendments Limiting Public Access to Bulgaria's National Registry Databases 
Vienna, 1 March 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned over proposed amendments limiting the currently unrestricted public access to the Business Registry of Bulgaria's Registry Agency. The amendments are expected to be approved by the Bulgarian Parliament during the coming days. This change could seriously curtail investigative reporting on the process of privatisation and company takeovers... read more
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Meeting in Bratislava with Slovak Minister of Culture Daniel Krajcer
Vienna, 28 February 2011
 
An IPI / SEEMO delegation met in Bratislava with Slovak Minister of Culture Daniel Krajcer, who said his government was proposing legislation that would change the “right to reply” currently present in Slovak law. The right allows politicians to comment on everything that is reported about them, even if the report is factually accurate... read more
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SEEMO Expresses Concern that Political and Judicial Pressure on A1 TV in the Republic of Macedonia - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia May Be Due to Critical Reporting
Vienna, 22 February 2011
 
The Vienna-based South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned that recent judicial and political pressure on private broadcaster, A1 TV, in theRepublic of Macedonia - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, may have been spurred by the broadcaster's critical reporting and could therefore constitute a violation of media freedom... read more
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IPI/SEEMO call on Belarusian Authorities to Release Detained Journalist
Vienna, 21 February 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemned Belarusian authorities' detention of Polish-Belarusian journalist Andrzej Poczobut and called for his immediate release... read more
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SEEMO Expresses Concern over the New Regulations in Kula, Serbia
Vienna, 18 February 2011
 

The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned over the new security regulations approved by the municipal authorities in the Serbian town of Kula, which impede free access to information, as guaranteed by the national laws... read more

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Police in Istanbul Raid Dissident Website's Offices, Journalists' Homes
Vienna, 17 February 2011
 
Turkish police have raided the offices and homes of four journalists associated with dissident news website OdaTV amid accusations that they were part of a plot to overthrow the government, the International Press Institute (IPI) / South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has learned from its Turkish National Committee... read more
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SEEMO Expresses Concern over Threats to Editor-in-Chief of B92 and Producers of the Program ‘Insajder’
Vienna, 17 February 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned over continued threats to journalists involved in the production of the investigative program “Insajder”, produced by the Belgrade-based broadcaster  B92... read more
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SEEMO/IPI Express Alarm at Spate of Attacks on Media
Vienna, 11 February 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb attack on the weekly Galeria in Sofia, Bulgaria.
A bomb exploded around 5:40 a.m. in front of the headquarters shared by the weekly publication and the Millennium publishing house in the central part of Sofia... read more

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Following Press Freedom Mission to Croatia SEEMO and IPI Highlight Concerns
Vienna, 10 February 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and the International Press Institute (IPI), completed a four-day Press Freedom Mission to Croatia during which it met with a broad array of media stakeholders and government representatives, and concluded that there are many areas of concern within the media in Croatia... read more
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SEEMO Alarmed at Actor's Alleged Threats against Journalists in Kosovo
Vienna, 8 February 2011
 
The South and 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), strongly condemns threats allegedly made by a film actor in Kosovo on 2 February 2011 towards Alfred Beka, of the daily Express, and Vullnet Krasniqi, of the daily Koha Ditore... read more
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SEEMO Seriously Concerned at Continued Intimidation of Albanian Journalists, Following Violent Attacks on Media during Demonstration
Vienna, 4 February 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned at the continuing intimidation of journalists, following violent attacks against the media during demonstrations on 21 January 2011... read more
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SEEMO Concerned at Reports Media Prevented from Reporting in Moldova
Vienna, 3 February 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South and East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned about reports that the media has been prevented from reporting on public events in Chisinau, Moldova... read more
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SEEMO appalled by recent developments in Albania
Vienna, 31 January 2011
 
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South and East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is appalled by the large number of reporters and journalists allegedly attacked and even shot on 21 January 2011, by members of the Albanian National Guard... read more
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Croatian President Says He Opposes Proposal to Criminalise Defamation
Vienna, 28 January 2011
 
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said today that he opposes proposed changes to his country's criminal code that would impose severe penalties for libel, including jail.

The president told a joint delegation of the International Press Institute (IPI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) at a meeting at his office in Zagreb that he was against the draft proposal, and he called on other countries to remove libel provisions from their penal codes... read more
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EU Telecoms Chief Says Hungarian Media Law May Violate EU Law on Press Freedom, Broadcasting
Vienna, 19 January 2011
 
The European Union’s Telecoms Chief said on Monday that Hungary’s new media law may violate EU laws on press freedom and broadcasting.

European Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes told the European Parliament in a speech that she had contacted Hungarian authorities “to raise specific points on which the media law does not appear at first sight to be satisfactory,” Reuters reported... read more
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SEEMO/IPI Condemn Press Release Attacking Journalist Halil Matoshi
Vienna, 18 January 2011
 
The South and 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 a written attack by the Kosovo Liberation Army's Veterans Association against journalist Halil Matoshi, a columnist for the daily Koha Ditore... read more
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Crackdown against Independent Media Continues to Grip Belarus
Vienna, 14 January 2011
 
Belarus secret service agents have raided the apartments of detained journalist Irina Khalip and her mother, Lyutsina Khalip, seizing the journalist’s computer, according to Charter 97, an independent news website.  

Lyutsina is currently struggling to prevent the authorities taking custody of her three-year-old grandson. A decision is expected at the end of the month, when child welfare officers will decide whether the woman is capable of looking after the boy... read more
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Leading Austrian Newspapers to Carry IPI / RSF / Austrian GPA Journalists' Union Insert Calling on Hungarian Government to Withdraw New Media Legislation
Vienna, 13 January 2011
 
Leading Austrian newspapers are to carry on today an IPI Austria insert calling on the Hungarian government to withdraw recently-passed media legislation heavily criticised by top EU politicians, the OSCE, journalists and a host of press freedom and freedom of expression groups... read more
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Journalist Visar Duriqi Allegedly Threatened in Kosovo
Vienna, 11 January 2011
 
The South and 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), strongly condemns the threat allegedly made by a local businessman against reporter Visar Duriqi, a correspondent for the daily newspaper Infopress in Pristina... read more
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Newly-Constituted Hungarian Media Authority Launches Investigation into Radio Station
Vienna, 7 January 2011
 
Hungary's newly-instituted media council (NMHH) launched an inquiry into Tilos radio station in September, according to a letter from the council on the station's website. The inquiry relates to the station's broadcast of two songs by American rapper Ice-T in its 1730h program. According to the letter from the NMHH, the songs' lyrics were objectionable, and violated sections 5/B. § (3) and 5/C § (2) of the Regulations on Radio and Television Broadcasting, which relate to material which may influence the physical, moral or mental development of minors... 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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