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SEEMO Condemns Greek Border Police for Banning Entrance to Albanian Journalist
Vienna, 22 August 2012
 

On 19 August 2012, Marin Mema, a reporter with Albanian Top Chanel TV was heading to Greece on a private visit when Greek border police denied him entry to the country, recalling a report of his on Greece a year earlier, Mema explained to SEEMO. He was handed a piece of paper on which he was allegedly described as a threat to national security and therefore persona non grata, he said... read more

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SEEMO calls on Bulgarian police to investigate threatening messages targeting journalist
Vienna, 14 August 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on the Bulgarian authorities to investigate  threatening messages received by Spas Spasov, a Varna-based correspondent of the national Bulgarian dailies Capital and Dnevnik... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Police Treatment of Greek Journalist
Vienna, 8 August 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemned the detention and alleged hitting of Dimitri Popota, a journalist with the Athens–based weeklyProtothema... read more

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SEEMO calls on Moldova authorities to investigate attack on TV journalist
Vienna, 8 August 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemned a physical attack against Chisinau-based Jurnal TV channel journalist Victoria Ocara, in Moldova... read more

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SEEMO Welcomes Presidential Pardon in Serbia for Imprisoned Author of Reader’s Comment
Vienna, 7 August 2012
 

The Vienna-based South European Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), welcomes the presidential pardon for Laszlo Szasz, the author of a reader’s comment, who was imprisoned because he could not pay a fine for offending a political activist. Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic pardoned Laszlo Szasz, as requested by all major journalists’ associations in Serbia, and SEEMO, and said that he had signed the pardon because he believed in freedom of expression as a fundamental right and because nobody should serve a 150-day prison sentence for publishing their opinion... read more

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SEEMO calls on Bulgarian authorities to reopen investigation into attacks against prominent journalist
Vienna, 3 August 2012
 

After two months of investigation, the public prosecutor of Bulgaria’s Dupnitsa region concluded that arsonists who gutted the car of award-winning investigative journalist Lidia Pavlova were persons unknown, and closed the probe.  Pavlova’s family car was set on fire on 25 May, 2012 in the town of Dupnitsa, where she resides. The incident marked the second time her car had been destroyed. Her 22-year-old son, Ivan, who has been attacked several times, reportedly as a form of pressure on Pavlova, was driving the car on the night of the latest incident... read more

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SEEMO Concerned at Imprisonment of Poster of Readers’ Comment in Newspaper Serbia
Vienna, 1 August 2012
 

The Vienna-based South European Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI,) is concerned at the use of Article 170 of Serbia’s Criminal Code to prosecute and sentence the author of a comment published in the readers’ section of Hungarian-language daily Magyar Szo, based in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. The author of the comment, Laszlo Szasz, was fined for insult. Since he could not afford to pay, he must serve a 150-day prison sentence... read more

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IPI Urges Turkey to Reject Proposed Changes to Constitutional Media Freedom Protections
Vienna, 28 July 2012
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today urged a commission responsible for writing a new Constitution for Turkey to reject proposed amendments that would severely weaken current language protecting media freedom... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack Against Moldovan Prime TV Reporters
Vienna, 24 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI,) condemns the physical and verbal attacks against a Moldovan Prime TV crew and calls on the authorities to prosecute the perpetrators... read more

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SEEMO Calls on Politicians to Abstain from Accusing and Insulting Journalists
Vienna, 23 July 2012
 
More than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, top politicians and party leaders in South East Europe are still struggling to accept free media and live with criticism. They publicly accuse journalists of undermining national interests, treason, mafia ties, conspiracies, etc... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack Against Bosnian and Herzegovinian Journalist
Vienna, 20 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the physical attack against the Bosnian and Herzegovinian journalist Stefica Galic, editor-in-chief of the web portal tacno.net... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Insults against Journalists by Party Leaders in Serbia
Vienna, 18 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute(IPI), condemns the latest insults against journalists launched by Velimir Ilic, leader of the New Serbia party, and potential minister in the upcoming coalition government.  Ilic has insulted reporters on several occasions over the past ten years and in 2003 he hit a journalist during an interview... read more

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SEEMO Concerned at IMF Reaction to News Story
Vienna, 17 July 2012
 
The head of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) permanent representation in Greece reacted to a news story published by the Athens-based daily To Vima by summoning the journalist to his office and demanding to know how the journalist had obtained the IMF report used to write his article. When the reporter, Zois Tsolis, refused to reveal his sources, Bob Traa, the Head of the IMF in Greece, warned that To Vima would be denied information in the future and that the IMF would collaborate with other media... read more
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SEEMO Welcomes Moldova Supreme Court Move to Dismiss Defamation Suit against Newspaper
Vienna, 13 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), welcomes the July 11 ruling of Moldova’s Supreme Court dismissing previous court decisions on a defamation lawsuit against the Chisinau-based investigative weekly Ziarul de Garda.  The Supreme Court decision quashed an Aug. 1, 2011 ruling by the Central Court of Chisinau as well as a subsequent court decision sentencing  the publication to pay 30,000 EUR to two prosecutors who sued the paper. The excessive fine, as SEEMO had warned, imperiled the very existence of the publication... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Attack against Kosovo Journalist
Vienna, 12 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the July 10, 2012 attack against Kosovo journalist Halil Matoshi who told Kosovo KTV that he was beaten by three unidentified men... read more

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SEEMO Condemns New Threats against Belarusian Journalist
Chicken Head Left in Mailbox of Iryna Khalip
Vienna, 6 July 2012
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today expressed concern at new threats against Belarusian journalist Iryna Khalip, the Minsk correspondent of Moscow-based daily newspaper Novaya Gazeta... read more
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Security Forces Raid Offices of Turkish News Agency IPI Condemns Use of Anti-Terror Laws to Target Media 
Vienna, 4 July 2012
 

Turkish security forces on June 26 conducted a raid at the offices of the Istanbul-based Güneş News Agency as part of a large-scale operation against the underground Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP), according to news sources.  Police units carried out the search at the news agency, which oversees the technical affairs of Etkin News Agency and weekly newspaper Atılım, at the behest of an Istanbul Court, it was reported... read more

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SEEMO Calls on Romanian Politicians to Abstain from Political Interference in Public Broadcaster
Vienna, 2 July 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has been monitoring developments related to Romanian public television (TVR) and has observed a growing politicisation of the management of the public service broadcaster, which has affected journalistic quality and audience share, and has contributed to economic problems... read more

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SEEMO Concerned at Suggestions to Eliminate License Fee for Public Broadcaster in Serbia
Vienna, 28 June 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), expresses concern at calls by individuals and some civil society organizations in Serbia to eliminate the license fee for the public broadcaster, Serbian Radio-Television (RTS). Advocates of the elimination of license fees quote the electoral promise of the recently elected president Tomislav Nikolic... read more

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SEEMO Deplores Decision of Kosovo Parliament to Keep Media-Unfriendly Articles in Criminal Code
Vienna, 27 June 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), deplores the June 22, 2012 decision of the Kosovo parliament to keep media-unfriendly articles in the Criminal Code. It was the second time in two months that the parliament had voted in favour of the articles, which hold journalists criminally liable if they do not reveal their sources. Deputies did not pay attention to local and international recommendations regarding decriminalisation of libel... read more

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SEEMO Condemns the Arson of Journalist’s Car in Novi Sad, Serbia
Vienna, 25 June 2012
 

The car belonging to Zorica Radulovic, a journalist with the Belgrade-based daily Kurir, was set ablaze several minutes after she had parked it and walked away.

The incident occurred around 11 pm on Friday, 22 June 2012, in front of her apartment building in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. According to Kurir, it appears that the perpetrators followed Radulovic during the day and waited until she left the car to set it on fire. The daily states that the arsonists arrived by car, walked out, poured petrol and lit the flame... read more

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Journalist Andrzej Poczobut Arrested Again
Article contributed by: Piotr Stasiński, IPI Executive Board Member and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland 

Vienna, 22 June 2012
 

Andrzej Poczobut, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent in Belarus, and Polish minority activist there, was arrested on Thursday in the town of Grodno, Belarus.

At 4 pm police searched Andrzej's apartment and took the journalist to prosecutor's office. Andrzej was interrogated and arrested, Igor Bancer, his colleague from the Polish Union in Belarus, the organization banned by the Lukashenko regime, told Gazeta Wyborcza... read more

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SEEMO Considers that Draft Amendments to Croatian Radio Television Law Will Institutionalise Political Control over the Public Broadcaster
Vienna, 21 June 2012
 
One year after promulgating the latest version of Croatia’s public service broadcasting law, passed in December 2010, the Croatian Radio Television Law  is about to be amended again. It is expected that the latest draft proposal, finalized in June 2012, will be discussed in the country’s parliament by July 2012. Although the December 2010 law was formulated in such a way as to guarantee the political independence of the public broadcaster, it did not meet those expectations. Management problems, political meddling and nepotism prevailed. High profile scandals and suspensions of journalists were aired on TV... read more
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Turkey Releases Another Journalist
Proceedings in ‘Oda TV’ Case Resume, But Still No Report on Key Evidence 

Vienna, 20 June 2012
 

The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed the release of another journalist from prison in Turkey and urged the country to free the rest of the nearly 100 journalists it currently holds behind bars, the vast majority of whom have been convicted of no crime... read more

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IPI Concerned by Attempts to Remove Head of Slovakia’s Public Broadcaster
Joins Calls for Greater Respect of RTVS Independence

Vienna, 20 June 2012
 
The International Press Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), today expressed concern at apparent attempts by members of Slovakia’s ruling SMER-SD party to dismiss the head of the public service Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS)... read more
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SEEMO Observes Increase in Attacks against Media in Greece
Vienna, 18 June 2012
 

On June 17, as Greeks went to the polls for the second time in six weeks, two hand grenades were found in the courtyard of the Neo Faliro building in southern Athens housing the Kathimerini SA media group, which includes Skai television and radio. The first grenade was spotted by an employee while the second one was discovered thanks to an anonymous phone call. Neither grenade exploded... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Latest Attack against a Journalist in Greece
Vienna, 12 June 2012
 

Greek journalist Lambros Panayiotou, who worked for Star Channel TV,  on May 29, 2012 witnessed six municipal policemen arresting a Somali immigrant. He filmed the scene and was allegedly hit and insulted by one of the municipal policemen who tried to snatch the mobile phone Panayiotou was using as a camera. Panayiotou identified himself as a journalist... read more

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SEEMO & IPI Call for Greek Authorities to Investigate Journalist Beating - Jerusalem Post Journalist Attacked in Athens
Vienna, 8 June 2012
 

The South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today condemned the violent attack on Jerusalem Post journalist Gil Shefler that took place on June 6, and called on the Greek authorities to ensure his attackers are prosecuted... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Verbal Attack on Journalist in Republika Srpska
Vienna, 4 June 2012
 
   
  Ljiljana Kovacevic, BETA correspondent in Banja Luka, photo BETA-SEEMO  

President of Serb Entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina Orders Reporter to Leave Press Conference, Calls Her a ‘Liar’

The Vienna- based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today called on Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, the Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to respect press freedom as an essential democratic right... read more

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Award-Winning Bulgarian Journalist Threatened
SEEMO Expresses Concern for the Safety of Lidia Pavlova

Vienna, 30 May 2012
 

Bulgarian investigative journalist Lidia Pavlova, who specialises in reporting on organised crime in southwest Bulgaria for the Blagoevgrad-based daily Struma and who has been the subject of a number of threatening incidents in recent years, was threatened again late last week... read more

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SEEMO Concerned at Intimidation of Journalists in Kosovo
Vienna, 21 May 2012
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the physical threats against two Kosovo journalists on May 16 in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, northern Kosovo.  Protesters threatened to attack journalists Musa Mustafa of the Pristina-based daily Koha Ditore and Alidin Damati of the Kosova press agency but the police managed to avert the imminent aggression. According to SEEMO sources, journalists were obliged to flee and police intervened at the last minute.  However, as journalists recounted, the police as well as international forces (KFOR) stationed in Kosovo, took a lenient attitude when the threats began... read more
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SEEMO Condemns Attack on Romanian Journalist
Vienna, 18 May 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the attack on Romanian journalist Dan Bucura and hopes that the perpetrators will soon be brought to justice... read more

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Serbia Presidential Candidate Threatens Media Freedom
Vienna, 16 May 2012
 

One week before the second round of presidential elections in Serbia, scheduled for May 20, 2012, one of the presidential candidates, Tomislav Nikolic, said that he needed to be president in order to tell journalists what to report on... read more

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SEEMO Condemns Attack Against Greek Journalist
Vienna, 10 May 2012
 
The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the physical attack on Skai TV and Radio presenter Konstantinos Bogdanos. The reporter was attacked on 9 May 2012 in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia.  He was later taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries and a fractured hand... read more
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SEEMO Calls on Moldova’s Authorities to Find Those Who Attacked Omega Reporter
Vienna, 9 May 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), calls on Moldova’s authorities to bring to justice the individuals who severely beat cameraman Vladmir Vivici. On 5 May 2012, the camera operator working for the Omega news agency was beaten by four men who stepped out of a car. No valuables were taken from him. Vivici was brought to the hospital with multiple head and internal injuries... read more

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SEEMO Questions Respect for Freedom of Expression at Croatian Public Broadcaster (HRT)
Vienna, 8 May 2012
 
Croatian public broadcaster, Croatian Radio Television (HRT) has recently experienced a series of internal incidents in which political representatives and public figures have reportedly exerted pressure on the public broadcaster... read more
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SEEMO Concerned by Media Pressure in Greece Group Calls on All Political Parties to Respect Democratic Principles
Vienna, 7 May 2012
 

The Vienna-based South East Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned by the latest pressures and threats exerted on the media by the Greek Golden Dawn party. The party, commonly described as a radical, right-wing party, obtained 6.9 percent of the votes, or 21 out of 300 seats in the Greek parliament, during the May 6, 2012 elections... read more

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SEEMO Continues Struggle for Press Freedom
Vienna, 2 May 2012
 
“The struggle for press freedom is a continuing endeavour,” Oliver Vujovic, secretary general of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), declared today in recognition of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3... 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
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