15.05.2024 – SEEMO Condemns Harassment of North Macedonian Journalist Furkan Saliu

15.05.2024 – SEEMO Condemns Harassment of North Macedonian Journalist Furkan Saliu

May 15, 2024 disabled comments

Amidst escalating tensions, South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly denounces the ongoing harassment faced by North Macedonian journalist and PortaliX (https://portalix.mk/) founder Furkan Saliu (@furki.saliu).

Saliu’s ordeal began on 7 April 2024, in Sredno Konjari (Средно Коњари), Petrovec (Петровец )municipality, North Macedonia where he was detained while filming police intervention at a football match.

Despite his assertion of innocence, Saliu allegedly found himself restrained on the ground by riot police, pleading for breath. Adding to the gravity of the situation, it was revealed that allegedly crucial CCTV footage related to the incident had mysteriously disappeared.

This blatant interference with evidence deepens concerns regarding the integrity of the investigation. Saliu’s subsequent release did little to assuage fears, especially as complaints filed by journalist associations against police conduct were summarily dismissed.

Matters worsened with one Minister in North Macedonia premature public comments, casting aspersions on Saliu’s character before any formal investigation could take place.

Several press freedom and media organizations, including the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ – https://europeanjournalists.org/) and the Safe Journalist (https://safejournalists.net) network, have united in condemning the ongoing harassment of Saliu. In a letter dated 8 May 2024, addressed to the Minister for Internal Affairs and the President of the one party, these organizations expressed deep concern over Saliu’s detention. You can read full statement here: https://www.ecpmf.eu/north-macedonia-media-freedom-groups-urge-authorities-to-cease-harassment-of-journalist-furkan-saliu/

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the harassment and detention of journalist Furkan Saliu in North Macedonia, representing a gross violation of press freedom. The dismissal of complaints against police officers further exacerbates concerns about the integrity of the investigation. Minister premature public comments only serve to deepen the atmosphere of intimidation against journalists, undermining the principles of a free press and the rule of law. SEEMO calls for an immediate end to such harassment and urges authorities to respect the rights of journalists to work without fear of reprisal.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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Save the date: XVIII SOUTH EAST EUROPE MEDIA FORUM (SEEMF), 27-28 November 2024 in Podgorica, Montenegro

May 14, 2024 disabled comments

#SEEMF2024: XVIII South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF)– 27 and 28 November 2024 in Hotel Voco in Podgorica, Montenegro. Be part of the leading media event in this part of Europe with participants from more than 30 countries.

Registration: info@seemf.org and info@seemo.org .

SEEMF by South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Program SEE and the Central European Initiative (CEI) and with support of European Broadcasting Union (EBU), German News Service by Deutschen Welle (DW) and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), SECEPRO, II-IMC and IA.

Local partners: Vijesti and University of Montenegro.

www.seemo.org

13.05.2024 – SEEMO Supports Minority Media in Croatia

May 13, 2024 disabled comments

On 8 May 2024, leader of one far-right political party in Croatia, announced that his party would only support a new government coalition led by conservative Croatian Democratic Union (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica – HDZ) Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković if it ceased funding for the weekly Novosti (https://novosti.hr/).

Novosti, published by the Serbian National Council (Srpsko Narodno Vijeće – SNV – https://snv.hr/), represents the Serb minority in Croatia and is financed by the Council for National Minorities under the Programme for the Cultural Autonomy of Minorities.

He criticized Novosti’s editorial stance, allegedly accusing it of attacking the state’s foundation and using minority protection for political agendas.

The move sparked concern among journalists’ associations, with the Croatian Journalists’ Association (Hrvatsko Novinarsko Društvo – HND – https://hnd.hr/aktualno/vijesti) condemning it.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), strongly condemns this initiative by one political party in Croatia. Novosti is a vital publication representing the Serb minority, but also a liberal voice. Such actions flagrantly violate principles of media freedom and minority rights. The attempt to silence dissenting voices is an affront to the fundamental values of a free and democratic society.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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Save the date: XVIII SOUTH EAST EUROPE MEDIA FORUM (SEEMF), 27-28 November 2024 in Podgorica, Montenegro

May 10, 2024 disabled comments

#SEEMF2024: XVIII South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF)– 27 and 28 November 2024 in Hotel Voco in Podgorica, Montenegro. Be part of the leading media event in this part of Europe with participants from more than 30 countries.

Registration: info@seemf.org and info@seemo.org .

SEEMF by South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Program SEE and the Central European Initiative (CEI) and with support of European Broadcasting Union (EBU), German News Service by Deutschen Welle (DW) and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), SECEPRO, II-IMC and IA.

Local partners: Vijesti and University of Montenegro.

www.seemo.org

10.05.2024 – Journalists Assaulted in Tbilisi, Georgia

May 10, 2024 disabled comments

On 7 May 2024, an incident unfolded in Tbilisi, Georgia, as members of the Formula TV (https://formula.ge/) crew and Giorgi Kldiashvili, founding member and Executive Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI – https://idfi.ge/en), were subjected to a violent attack.

The assailant, allegedly brandished a glass bottle and verbally abused Kldiashvili and the Formula TV team. Notably, he has purported ties to the ruling Georgian Dream party, raising questions about the motives behind the attack.

The Public Defender’s Office swiftly responded to the incident, urging law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the underlying motives behind this assault and address the broader pattern of attacks against media professionals and civil society advocates.

You can see the Formula TV article and video of the attack here: https://formulanews.ge/News/110753

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the violent assault on journalists and members of the Formula TV crew, including Giorgi Kldiashvili, near the Embassy of Sweden in Tbilisi, Georgia. Such attacks on media professionals undermine press freedom and democratic values, posing a grave threat to the safety and well-being of journalists. SEEMO calls for a swift and thorough investigation into this incident to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice and to prevent further attacks on journalists. It is imperative that authorities in Georgia take concrete steps to protect journalists and uphold their fundamental right to freedom of expression without fear of intimidation or violence.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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09.05.2024 – SEEMO Condemns Malta Prime Minister’s Attack on Journalists

May 9, 2024 disabled comments

Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela’s recent remarks during a press conference on 6 May 2024, have sparked criticism, particularly directed at his accusations against journalists.

According to Newsbook Malta (newsbook.com.mt) Abela allegedly accused Newsbook Malta of being part of what he termed the “shady establishment,” insinuating that they were working against the interests of the state and the people.

These accusations came amid the backdrop of escalating tensions following criminal charges filed against his predecessor, former Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat and other senior government figures.

Abela convened a press conference following the announcement of criminal charges against former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and other government figures for their alleged involvement in an allegedly fraudulent hospitals privatisation deal during Muscat’s tenure.

During the press conference, Abela several times used the term establishment. According to Newsbook Malta, Abela declined to respond to a question by Newsbook Malta regarding his apparent disregard for advice offered by his father, former President George Abela.

Such statements have drawn condemnation from media watchdogs, including the Institute of Maltese Journalists (Istitut tal-Ġurnalisti Maltin – IGM – https://igm.mt/), which described them as unacceptable in a democratic society.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns Prime Minister Robert Abela’s recent attack on journalists. Abela’s accusations against journalists, labeling them as part of the “establishment” and implying that they are enemies of the state, are unacceptable and undermine press freedom in Malta. Using such words is especially surprised, as it is usually used by politicians in less democratic countries. SEEMO asserts that journalists play a crucial role in democratic societies by holding authorities accountable and providing the public with unbiased information. The Prime Minister’s attempts to discredit and intimidate journalists not only violate their rights but also threaten the principles of free speech and independent media. SEEMO calls on Prime Minister Abela to retract his statements and refrain from further attacks on journalists, emphasizing the importance of respecting press freedom and ensuring a safe environment for media professionals to carry out their work without fear of reprisal.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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08.05.2024 – Meida Freedom Concerns Rise in Kosovo Amid Politician’s Verbal Attacks

May 8, 2024 disabled comments

Lëvizja Vetëvendosje (Self-determination Movement), Kosovo’s ruling party, has ignited controversy over its recent interactions about the nation’s media environment. The unfolding events began with an interview by a Vetëvendosje Member of Parliament on 3 May 2024 on Radio Television of Kosovo (Radiotelevizioni i Kosovës – RTK – https://www.rtklive.com/) regarding Kosovo’s prospective membership in the Council of Europe. Additional this same person wrote a statement on his Facebook profile.

According to the Kosovo Journalists Association (Asociacioni i Gazetarëve të Kosovës – AGK- AJK – https://agk-ks.org/en/) this member of the parliament openly showed a tendency to control the editorial content of the Kosovo public broadcaster RTK, interfering in what is considered a priority to be addressed and reported and additional attacked the Association of Journalists of Kosovo for the work it does to protect journalists and the media. He was trying to dictate what AJK should do and how it should behave.

In response to political statements, the Kosovo Journalists Association (AJK) condemned this stance and emphasized the importance of media freedom and the protection of journalists’ rights.

You can see the link to the RTK interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eV4HHDabXY

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the recent verbal attacks against journalists and media outlets in Kosovo, as such actions undermine press freedom and the vital role journalists play in a democratic society. The intimidation and attempts to control editorial content, as demonstrated by the statements made by certain political figures, are unacceptable and pose a threat to media pluralism and independence. SEEMO urges authorities in Kosovo to uphold the principles of media freedom, protect journalists from harassment and intimidation, and ensure that they can carry out their work without fear of reprisal. SEEMO also calls Prime Minister Albin Kurti to take measures against his party members from Lëvizja Vetëvendosje who are attacking journalists, journalists associations and media organisations. SEEMO is also asking President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu to support with a statment the media and journalists in Kosovo and to condemn the statement of this one member of the parliament.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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07.05.2024 – Allegedly Verbal Attack by a High Level Politician in Tbilisi / Tiflis, Georgia – Journalists Attacked During a Demonstration in Tbilisi / Tiflis, Georgia: Threat to Press Freedom

May 7, 2024 disabled comments

A high level politician in Tbilisi / Tifilis, Georgia, stirred controversy on 2 May 2024, following an allegedly tense exchange with journalist Nutsa Bakhutashvili from the channel Formula TV (https://formula.ge/). Formula TV is a critical TV channel in Georgia. The incident unfolded when Bakhutashvili questioned the politician about the reported use of rubber bullets by police at a protest against the foreign agent bill held on 1 May 2024 in Tbilisi. Implicitly suggesting that the politician was misleading the public, Bakhutashvili’s inquiry led to a heated confrontation. The response by the politician was swift and aggressive, as he resorted to derogatory language, labeling the journalist allegedly as “insolent scum” and issuing allegedly a verbal tirade against her.

The altercation continued to garner attention when, on 3 May 2024, the same politician ironically extended his well wishes to journalists on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. Despite his apparent acknowledgment of the importance of press freedom, his subsequent remarks hinted at a retaliatory stance towards journalists who he believes offend him. This stance raises concerns about the mayor’s commitment to upholding freedom of the press and respecting the role of journalists in society.

Moreover, the politician commentary on the violence that erupted during the Pride March in Tbilisi on 5 July 2021, adds another layer to the controversy. While condemning the violence against journalists during the event, he also insinuated that certain media outlets, along with the President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili and Western-funded groups, were responsible for inciting violence in Georgia. Such implications not only deflect accountability but also undermine the vital role of journalists in holding power to account and safeguarding democratic principles.

The altercation between this politician and Bakhutashvili highlights the challenges faced by local journalists in Georgia and underscores the importance of protecting press freedom. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for journalists to carry out their work without fear of reprisal or intimidation. As such, the incident prompts a broader conversation about the state of media freedom in Georgia and the need for public officials to uphold the principles of democracy, including respect for the freedom of the press and the rights of journalists to report freely and without interference.

You can see the full video of the conversation here: https://formulanews.ge/News/110458

Additional on 1 and 2 May 2024, during the demonstration in Tbilisi against the new foreign agent law, several media workers were attacked and injured. According to local sources the media staffs were allegedly attacked by police during reporting from the demonstration. Mindia Gabadze, working for Publika.ge, was beaten. Avto Meskhi, Luka Lavrelashvili and Zuka Chkhirkvia, camera-persons working for Mtavari Arkhi (https://mtavari.tv/, founded 2019) were injured in the Rustawelis Gamsiri Avenue in Tbilisi. Davit Tamazashvili, Nika Sajaia and Salome Bokuchava, working for Formula TV, were also attacked. The day before, on the night of 30 April and the dawn of 1 May 2024, the police allegedly forces verbally insulted and physically injured at least 14 journalists. The Charter of Journalistic Ethics of Georgia condemned this use of police forces against journalists.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the allegedly verbal attack by Tbilisi politician against Formula TV journalist Nutsa Bakhutashvili and the attacks on journalists during the demonstration. Such behavior undermines press freedom and the essential role of journalists in fostering transparency and accountability in society. Journalists must be able to perform their duties without fear of reprisal or intimidation. SEEMO calls on Georgian authorities to uphold the rights of journalists to conduct their work freely and without interference and the police to protect the journalists, and urges the politician to respect the principles of media freedom and refrain from any actions that could inhibit journalistic activities.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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06.05.2024 – Russian Journalists Facing Legal Crackdown

May 6, 2024 disabled comments

Russian authorities have faced significant criticism following the legal proceedings against journalist Sergey Mingazov (Сергей Мингазов), associated with the Russian edition of Forbes magazine (https://www.forbes.ru/), the detention of journalists Konstantin Gabov (Константин Васильевич Габов) who has worked for Reuters (https://www.reuters.com/) and Deutsche Welle (DW – https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097) and Sergey Karelin (Сергей Карелин) who has worked for DW and the Associated Press (AP News – https://apnews.com/).

The recent developments unfolded on 27 April 2024 when a court in Khabarovsk (Хабаровск), in east Russia, placed Mingazov under house arrest for a duration of two months as he awaits trial. The charges against him stem from allegations of spreading false information about the Russian armed forces, specifically related to reports on the civilian massacre in Bucha (Буча), Ukraine, in 2022. Mingazov’s purported offense was reposting these reports on the Telegram channel Khabarovskaya Mingazeta (Хабаровская Мингазета). If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison under Russia’s criminal code, which was amended following the country’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 to include severe penalties for disseminating what is Moscow calling false information about the military.

Mingazov’s lawyer, emphasized the direct correlation between the charges against Mingazov and his journalistic activities. Authorities went as far as seizing electronic devices belonging not only to Mingazov but also to his family members during a search of his apartment. He also contested the court’s decision to prohibit Mingazov from accessing the internet, a move seen as further restricting his ability to engage in journalistic work.

In a separate but parallel development, freelance videographer Sergey Karelin and journalist Konstantin Gabov were detained on 27 April 2024 and subsequently placed under pre-trial detention for two months. The charges against them revolve around their alleged participation in extremist organizations, particularly for their involvement with Navalny LIVE (Навальный LIVE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgxTPTFbIbCWfTR9I2-5SeQ), a YouTube channel linked to the late opposition figure Alexei Navalny (Алексей Навальный), who was a Russian opposition leader, and political prisoner. He died on 16 February 2024 in prison in Russia. Gabov was detained in Moscow (Москва), accused under Part 2 of Art. 282.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Participation in an extremist community”), which can be punished up to 6 years in prison. Karelin was detained in the Murmansk (Мурманск) region on suspicion of collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Foundation, an organization initiated by Navalny with a position of a prohibited extremist organization in Russia.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the alarming trend of legal harassment and detention faced by journalists in Russia, as evidenced by the recent cases involving Sergey Mingazov, Konstantin Gabov, and Sergey Karelin. Placing Mingazov under house arrest for merely reposting reports about civilian massacres in Bucha and detaining Gabov and Karelin on dubious charges of association with “extremist” organizations sets a dangerous precedent that threatens press freedom and silences dissenting voices. SEEMO urges the Russian authorities to drop all charges against the journalists, release them immediately, and ensure the safety and protection of journalists who are essential for fostering democracy and accountability.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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World Press Freedom Day 2024

May 4, 2024 disabled comments

By Eva Maria Grabmair, SEEMO Contributor

Overheated

Cooling down is what the environment urgently needs.

This is true concerning our planet as well as the climate in communication.

In the face of (natural) catastrophies and wars and in the aftermath of a pandemic it is not surprising that there is tension and many people are distrustful and „on edge“, preferring to focus only on their own side of the situation.

Just as not heeding the signs of climate change and risking ever more heat, floods and other severe consequences, it is dangerous to overlook the necessity to pay attention to and consider the other`s point of view – be it in our personal relationships, business, politics, etc. – no matter whether we agree or disagree.

Media reports present information from manifold standpoints and angles; the better and more thorough the research, the more accurate the result – both in traditional and new media. This information is a basis for dialogue and discussion.

It is up to everyone of us to have constructive – sometimes even heated – discussions or to let arguments turn into destructive wildfires.

WE HAVE A CHOICE.