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SEEMO Urges Prompt Investigation of Attack on Serbian Correspondent in Russia
Vienna, 30 August 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the brutal beating of Zorana Bojovic, correspondent for the Serbian news agency BETA in the Russian Federation. The correspondent and her husband, Russian journalist Gennady Sysoyev, were beaten in a town near Moscow on 14 August 2011... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Latest Attack on Montenegrin daily Vijesti
Vienna, 29 August 2011
 
One month after a car belonging to the Montenegrin daily Vijesti was torched, a new company car was set ablaze on 27 August 2011. This is the third attack on Vijesti property since 14 July 2011, when the first two cars were torched. All four cars – destroyed in three separate attacks – were clearly marked... read more
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SEEMO Condemns the Detention of two Journalists in Northern Greece
Vienna, 22 August 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the detention of two journalists in northwestern Greece.

On 16 August 2011, the Skopje-based journalists, Goran Momirovski of Kanal 5 television and Milena Gjorgjievska, a journalist with the daily Vest, accompanied a group of senior citizens from the Republic of Macedonia/Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who were trying to obtain their birth certificates in Florina, northwestern Greece... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Latest Attacks on Journalists in Kosovo
Vienna, 8 August 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the latest attacks on journalists in Kosovo.

On 3 August 2011, there were two separate incidents involving physical attacks against journalists... read more

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SEEMO Supports Democratic and Transparent Debate on New Media Strategy in Serbia
Vienna, 5 August 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), supports the demands of professional journalists’ associations in Serbia to participate in a democratic and transparent debate in the formulation of the country’s new media strategy.

Serbia has made several attempts to draft a new media strategy in accordance with international standards. Since 2010, studies have been commissioned and discussions held in order to compile different views related to this strategic document... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Excessive Fines Imposed on Moldovan daily Ziarul de Garda 
Vienna, 4 August 2011
 
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the excessive fines imposed on the Moldovan weekly Ziarul de Garda by the Central Court of Chisinau. If imposed, the 500,000 Mdl (approx. 30,000 EUR) fine may result in the closure of the publication... read more
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Strasbourg Overrules Slovak Libel Decision
Vienna, 1 August 2011
 
Slovakian courts violated a publisher’s rights to freedom of expression and information when they ordered it to issue a correction and pay compensation over reports of a high-ranking police official’s alleged drunken public behaviour, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled... read more
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Turkish Court Sentences Dink Killer to 23 Years in Prison
Vienna, 1 August 2011
 

A Turkish court yesterday sentenced the trigger-man in the 2007 murder of International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero Hrant Dink to almost 23 years in prison.

A juvenile court in Istanbul imposed nearly the maximum sentence on ultranationalist Ogün Samast – who was 17 at the time of Dink’s killing – after convicting him of premeditated murder and carrying an unlicensed gun
Samast gunned down Dink, the editor-in-chief of Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, in broad daylight outside of Dink’s office in Istanbul... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Attack on SKAI TV in Piraeus, Greece
Vienna, 29 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns taxi drivers´ attacks on SKAI TV in Piraeus, (Athens), Greece.  Representatives of taxi drivers’ organizations have been protesting against a government decision to deregulate and liberalize their profession... read more
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SEEMO Strongly Condemns Attacks against Journalists in Northern Kosovo
Vienna, 28 July 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the latest wave of violence against journalists in Northern Kosovo.

Three journalists were beaten during the latest incidents which occurred on the Serbia-Kosovo border-crossing in Jarinje. One was seriously injured with head injuries... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Pressure on Local Television in Zajecar, Serbia
Vienna, 27 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns political and business pressure on media in Serbia, which is particularly pronounced in small towns. The latest victim is Timocka Televizija, a regional TV station based in Zajecar, South East Serbia... read more
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SEEMO Calls on Kosovo Authorities to Create Environment in which Media Can Operate Freely
Vienna, 26 July 2011
 
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the Kosovo authorities, political parties, and business and religious leaders to abstain from pressuring media and urges them to contribute to creating an environment in which media can operate freely... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Recurring Attacks on Montenegrin Daily Vijesti
Vienna, 25 July 2011
 
A new attack on a Vijesti car in Montenegro, photo by Sava Prelevic - Vijesti.me
 

Nine days after two clearly marked Vijesti company cars were set ablaze on 14 July 2011 in front of the National Security Agency in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 23 July 2011 another car belonging to the daily was torched. The car was parked in another location... read more

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SEEMO Welcomes Planned Decriminalisation of Defamation and Libel in Serbia
Vienna, 25 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), welcomes the 19 July 2011 announcement  by Serbia´s  State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Slobodan Homen, that  defamation and libel will be removed from the country´s criminal code in autumn 2011. Once parliament approves these changes, defamation and libel will be subject to civil litigation only... read more
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SEEMO Demands Croatia Public Prosecutor Investigate Top Military Officials over Alleged Death Threats to Journalist
Vienna, 18 July 2011
 
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), joins the Croatian Journalists ´Association (HND) in demanding that Croatia´s public prosecutor investigate death threats allegedly made by top military officials against Croatian journalist Drago Hedl... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Latest Attack on Montenegrin Daily Vijesti
Vienna, 15 July 2011
 
   
  A person poured gasoline on the company cars of daily Vijesti and set them ablaze, Podgorica, Montenegro  
     
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the latest attack on the Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti. On 14 July 2011, two clearly-marked company cars were torched right across the street from the National Security Agency. An unidentified person poured gasoline on the cars and set them ablaze. Nobody was injured. No other parked cars were targeted. Top Montenegrin politicians, including the president and the prime minister, condemned the attack... read more
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Joint Letter by SEEMO-EFJ-Croatian Association of Journalists Concerning Dusan Miljus
Vienna, Zagreb, Brussels, 14 July 2011
 
Your Excellencies,


We are writing to you regarding the unsolved cases of attacks against journalists in Croatia.

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND), and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) express their joint concern over the fact that three years after the brutal beating of the Croatian journalist, Dusan Miljus, the police have been unable to find the perpetrators or those who ordered the attack... read more
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SEEMO Believes Proposed Changes will Politicize Broadcasting Council in Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Undermine Its Independence
Vienna, 14 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), believes that the proposed changes to the membership structure of the Broadcasting Council in the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will politicize this regulatory body, curtail media freedom, and reduce pluralism within the country... read more
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SEEMO Welcomes Decriminalisation of Defamation in Montenegro
Vienna, 13 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), welcomes the decision of the Montenegrin government to amend the Criminal Code and delete provisions pertaining to the criminalisation of libel and defamation. As of 9 July 2011, Montenegro is one of the few countries in Europe where defamation is not a criminal offence... read more
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SEEMO Concerned Over Latest Media Developments in Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Vienna, 12 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned over the latest media related developments in the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in particular the closure of critically-oriented media outlets. Currently, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski can count on friendly coverage by the majority of the country's national print and broadcast media. However, journalists face increasing pressure from politicians and media owners, and independence and pluralism are seriously endangered... read more
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EFJ and SEEMO Alarmed by Massive Dismissals in Hungarian Public Broadcasting
Vienna, 12 July 2011
 
Today the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and the Vienna- based South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed their deep concern over the wave of dismissals that started in Hungarian public broadcasting.

"This looks like a real purge taking place literally days after the end of the EU Presidency of Hungary and as the new media law is now fully effective," said EFJ President Arne König. "We are alarmed by the number of jobs concerned and also by the suspicion that some of these lay-offs may be politically motivated"... read more
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SEEMO Conduct Six-Month Follow-up Press Freedom Visit to Hungary
Vienna, 8 July 2011
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today visited Hungary to meet with journalists and with András Koltay, a lawyer who is a member of Hungary's new, all-powerful Media Council.
A joint delegation, including SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic, IPI Press Freedom & Communications Manager Anthony Mills, and - as observers - SEEMO member Sándor Orbán, program director of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, and Judit Acsay from the Hungarian Association of Journalists, followed up on a joint IPI/SEEMO press freedom fact-finding mission to the country on 15-16 December 2010... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack on Cypriot Journalists
Vienna, 6 July 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today condemned the second shooting attack this year on journalists working for Afrika, a Turkish-language newspaper in Northern Cyprus.

An armed man came to Afrika's office on 3 July looking for its editor-in-chief, Sener Levent, and fired a shot at newspaper employee Ali Osman when Osman opened the door. Osman managed to dodge the bullet and was unharmed... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Political Pressure on Hungarian Minority Newspaper in Serbia
Vienna, 22 June 2011
 
Magyar Szo editor-in chief Csaba Pressburger
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), joins two Serbian journalists' associations in condemning mounting political pressure on Magyar Szo, a Hungarian-language daily in the multiethnic province of Vojvodina, northern Serbia... read more
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SEEMO Calls on Police in Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to Protect Journalists
Vienna, 17 June 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the police authorities in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to protect journalists from physical threat.

On 13 June 2011, a group of journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia gathered in a village near Bijeljina (Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in order to cover a funeral procession. Police officers were deployed in order to keep the reporters away from the family compound of a well-known athlete, whose family organised the funeral... read more
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SEEMO Urges Authorities in Northern Cyprus to Respect Journalists' Right to Freedom of Movement
Vienna, 15 June 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the authorities in Northern Cyprus to respect the freedom of movement of journalists.

On 25 May 2011, authorities in Northern Cyprus said that Ibrahim Aziz, a journalist working for the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper Afrika, would no longer be allowed to cross the border between Northern and Southern Cyprus unless he obtained the necessary documents from the Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus... read more
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SEEMO Calls for Respect for Public Broadcasters in South, Central and East Europe
Vienna, 1 June 2011
 
The establishment of public service broadcasters has proved to be a very difficult task in some Eastern European countries. Public broadcasters tend to be used as government mouthpieces rather than as sources of information for the public at large... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Continuing Violence against Journalists in Northern Cyprus
Vienna, 20 May 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns the continuing violence and attacks against journalists in Northern Cyprus and urges the authorities to find the perpetrators of all the acts of aggression.

On 18 May 2011, police used violence to disperse a protest organized in North Nicosia by laid-off workers of Turkish Airlines. Journalists who covered the event were beaten and their cameras were broken, according to the Press Workers' Trade Union in Northern Cyprus... read more
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Moldovan Police Arrest Two Suspects in 'Fake Newspaper' Case; SEEMO Welcomes Release of Ernest Vardanian in Tirsapol
Vienna, 16 May 2011
 
Moldovan police have identified a network of communication specialists, translators and printers who produced and distributed fake newspapers. Gheorghe Malic, head of the criminal investigation team that worked on the case, identified two Ukrainian communication specialists as the main implementers of the scheme. According to Malic, the goal was to manipulate public opinion ahead of local elections planned for 5 June 2011. The police refused to divulge the name of the political party suspected of having designed the scheme. The naming of names, the police said, would occur at the end of the election campaign... read more
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SEEMO Demands Legal Changes, Better Protection for Journalists in Serbia
Vienna, 11 May 2011
 
Brankovic filmed how he was attacked
 
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is disappointed with a Serbian court’s decision to sentence to only ten months house arrest a person who beat up B92 TV cameraman Bosko Brankovic, breaking his leg, injuring his shoulder and destroying his camera. The light sentence has fuelled a widespread sense among journalists’ and other media associations that the law does not protect journalists... read more

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SEEMO Concerned at Excessive Fines Imposed on Minority Media in Greece
Vienna, 3 May 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), on Wednesday expressed concern over excessive fines imposed on two Turkish-language minority publications in Greece, Gundem and Millet, which could result in the closure of the papers and even imprisonment for their journalists if they cannot afford to pay the stipulated fines: 150 000EUR for Gundem and 120 000EUR for Millet. On 6 May 2011, the Court of Appeal in Komotini, Western Thrace, is expected to revise both court sentences... 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
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