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Press freedom 2011 (Sep-Dec)


SEEMO Calls on President of Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to Respect and Support Country’s Public Broadcasters
Vienna, 20 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is extremely concerned at the latest declarations by Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb-controlled entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska. On 13 December 2011, the president said that the Public Broadcasting Service of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) should be abolished. He stated that his priority was the functioning of the Banja-Luka based Radio and Television of Republika Srpska /RTRS/... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Physical Attack on Radio Television Kosovo (RTK) TV Crew
Vienna, 19 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the attack against Radio Television Kosovo (RTK) journalist Arta Avdiu and cameraman Blerim Rudari. On 13 December 2011, the Kosovo public broadcaster  team was filming for a report on the use of municipal property in Lipljan/Gadime when a man started insulting and threatening them. The attacker tried to physically attack the journalist and the cameraman, as well as destroy the camera... read more
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SEEMO Condemns New Death Threats against Croatian Journalist Drago Hedl
Vienna, 14 December 2011
 

One day after receiving an award for defending human rights from Croatia’s president Ivo Josipovic and one month after receiving the Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO 2011 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe, Croatian journalist and author Drago Hedl has received death threats. On 8 December 2011, the Commission of the Croatian Bishops' Conference “Justitia et Pax” asked President Josipovic to withdraw the award because they were not satisfied with Hedl’s reporting. They cited an article published 30 years ago. This announcement was followed by death threats against Hedl... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Physical Attacks on Publika TV Crew in Moldova
Vienna, 12 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns the physical attack against a Publika TV crew in Calarasi, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in central Moldova, approximately 50 kilometers from the country's capital, Chisinau... read more
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SEEMO Calls on Authorities in Serbia to Protect Journalists from Political Pressure
Vienna, 5 December 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the authorities in Vojvodina, northern Serbia, to protect journalists from political pressure.

With general elections approaching in spring 2012, the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (NDNV) has registered a growing number of journalists’ complaints regarding political pressure... read more

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SEEMO Calls on Peacekeeping Force to Investigate Alleged Attack on Journalists in Kosovo
Vienna, 2 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the Kosovo Force (KFOR) authorities, the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, to investigate alleged attacks against several journalists in Northern Kosovo. According to the Belgrade-based Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) and Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS), several journalists and cameramen covering clashes involving KFOR soldiers and members of the Serbian population who had mounted barricades in Northern Kosovo, were targeted with rubber bullets and tear gas... read more
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SEEMO Welcomes Police Action against Attackers of Journalists in Montenegro, and European Court of Human Rights Decision
Vienna, 2 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), welcomes the prompt police action against three men who physically attacked a TV crew from TV Vijesti. The incident occurred on 18 November 2011 in Niksic, a town 55 kilometers from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.  The TV crew was filming the Niksic suburb of Humci, when a group of three men began insulting and hitting them... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Death Threats against Journalists in Slovenia
Vienna, 1 December 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Oragnisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns death threats against the investigative reporters Blaz Zgaga and Matej Surc, which appeared on 19 November 2011 on a political web portal. Numerous anonymous readers insulted, and physically threatened, the two journalists – who are the authors of three books on the arms trade in Slovenia... read more
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International Mission Condemns Chilling Effect and Calls for Change
Vienna, 17 November 2011
 

Budapest- Hungary’s new model of media regulation is creating a chilling effect and undermining freedom of expression said an international partnership mission comprised of leading press freedom and media development organizations today.

The partnership mission to Hungary, which took place from November 14th to 16th, included meetings with lawyers, journalists, editors, professional associations, representatives of civil society, the new media authorities, and the government representative to discuss the situation regarding the enactment and implementation of the new media law, which went into effect on January 1, 2011... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Police Pressure on Publication in Northern Cyprus
Vienna, 7 November 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the police raid against Afrika, a Turkish-language newspaper in Northern Cyprus.

On 1 November 2011 the police forcefully entered Afrika’s premises and removed a banner hanging from the balcony of the newspaper´s building. The banner was created by journalists to express solidarity with the general strike organized by the Trade Union´s platform of Northern Cyprus. It consisted of old newspaper headlines... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Attacks on Local Television in Serbia
Vienna, 24 October 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns the series of attacks against the property of Radio-Television Prima in Bajina Basta, a town 170 kilometres southwest of Belgrade... read more
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SEEMO Dismayed at Comments by Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Journalist’s Question
Vienna, 21 October 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press institute (IPI), is dismayed by public criticism voiced by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia / Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, at the journalist Borjan Jovanovski. In an interview with the state news agency, MIA, published on 18 October 2011, Gruevski criticized Jovanovski for posing a particular question during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 October 2011... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Renewed Pressure on Journalists in Serbia
Vienna, 18 October 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Oragnisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns renewed threats and pressures against journalists in Serbia.

 On 14 October 2011, Anel Grbovic, a journalist with the local Television Novi Pazar (southwest Serbia), received death threats, apparently because he failed to cover a voluntary blood donation event. The organiser allegedly called the journalist and threatened to beat him... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Attack against Bulgarian Journalist
Vienna, 14 October 2011
 
   
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The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the attack against journalist Sasho Dikov. An explosive device was placed underneath Dikov’s car and was detonated on 13 October 2011 around 10pm. The car was parked in front of the journalist´s home in Sofia. Dikov was not in the car. According to the police sources, one kilo of explosives was placed next to the front left tire... read more
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SEEMO Praises Prompt Arrest of Policeman Accused of Attacking Athens Rally Photographer
Vienna, 7 October 2011
 
   
  "Greek photojournalist Tatiana Bolari is punched by riot policeman during a protest in Athens. Several members of the media were harassed and a few beaten by the police." Yannis Behrakis on Facebook  
     

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), praises the prompt arrest of the police officer who allegedly attacked a professional female photographer covering an anti-austerity rally in Athens on 5 October 2011. Pictures appear to show the policeman hitting Tatiana Bolari, who works for the Athens News Agency and other agencies, causing her to lose a tooth... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Use of Hate Speech and ‘Online Lynching’ to Target Award-Winning Bulgarian Journalist
Vienna, 6 October 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns the use of hate speech in Bulgarian media, and ‘online lynching’, to target Mirolyuba Benatova, an award-winning investigative journalist and star reporter for the private TV channel bTV... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Continuing Political Pressure on Hungarian Minority Media in Serbia
Vienna, 3 October 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns continued political pressure on Hungarian minority media in Vojvodina, Serbia.

On 17 September 2011, Rudolf Mihok, the director of Television Panon from Subotica, a town on the border between Hungary and Serbia, was dismissed... read more

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SEEMO Urges Authorities in Ukraine to Allow Television Agency News (ATN) to Transmit Again
Vienna, 3 October 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns political pressure and administrative decisions in the Ukrainian region of Kharkov that resulted in taking the independent ATN TV channel off the air... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Physical Attack on TV Tutin Crew in Southwest Serbia
Vienna, 30 September 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns an attack on a TV Tutin crew and urges Serbia`s authorities to protect journalists, especially in local communities. Tutin is a small town in Sandzak, a region in southwest Serbia with a strong Bosniak ethnic minority. TV Tutin is a local public service... read more
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SEEMO Urges Authorities in Ukraine to Allow Television Agency News (ATN) to Transmit Again
Vienna, 29 September 2011
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns political pressure and administrative decisions in the Ukrainian region of Kharkov that resulted in taking the independent ATN TV channel off the air... read more
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SEEMO Condemns PoliticalPolice Pressure on Investigative Journalists in Croatia
Vienna, 16 September 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute, condemns political and police pressure on investigative journalists who have revealed alleged illegal financing of the governing political party.

On Sunday 11 September 2011, Zagreb-based daily Vecernji List carried a story on illegal party finances and electoral campaigns. On 15 September 2011, the Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) summoned one of the authors, Josip Bohutinski, to testify. The police expected the journalist to reveal his sources but they did not pressure him to do so. Citing media law, Bohutinski did not cooperate... read more

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SEEMO Demands Release of Serbian Journalist Detained in South Ossetia
Vienna, 15 September 2011
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), demands the immediate release of Viktor Lazic, a travel writer for the Belgrade-based daily, Press.

Lazic was detained on 3 September 2011 on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia. According to the journalist, he was detained because he had allegedly crossed the border of the self proclaimed territory of South Ossetia. He is being held in solitary confinement... read more

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SEEMO concerned at the growing number of press freedom violations in South East Europe
SEEMO alarmed at growing number of press freedom violations in South East Europe
SEEMO welcomes Serbia commission to investigate journalist murders
SEEMO concerned at arrest of Croatia journalist
SEEMO urges Serbia mayor to drop lawsuit against newspaper

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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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