Governments are taking in all countries necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Journalists play in this corona-time a crucial role in keeping the public informed. Free flow of news will be in the next weeks more essential than ever. We cannot accept that some governments are holding back information connected to COVID-19 or that some politicians or state authorities force media to delete and adjust stories about COVID-19. The only option in every crisis is professional reporting. It is important more than ever before to take care about the source – disinformation and conspiracies are spreading unchecked via mobile phones and in social media. The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is calling on governments and leaders to respect the right of journalists to do their jobs unhindered, and also all journalists to respect professional standards in reporting.
Please inform SEEMO (Email: about any violation of press freedom also in this hard time.

All the best in these difficult moments.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)