A step ahead or a Potemkin reform village?

Serbia`s Media Strategy 2020 – 2025 by Thomas Roser
Belgrade, 02/25/2021

Facts V. Lawsuits – Ten years since decriminalization of defamation in Montenegro

The publication “Facts against lawsuits – Ten years of decriminalization of defamation in Montenegro” contains a report on the monitoring of court proceedings against journalists and the media from 2011, when defamation was decriminalized, until 2020.

The publication was published as part of the project “More facts less insults”, funded by the US Embassy in Podgorica.

Indicators on the level of media freedom and journalists’ safety in Macedonia in 2019

Indicators on the level of media freedom and the safety of journalists in Macedonia in 2019

Research on the digital media state of play and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – “New Media – Old Problems 2020”

The report “New Media – Old Problems 2020” is a continuation of a three-year analysis of the digital media sector in Montenegro. In addition to the position of employees and the situation in digital media, this year we also have analysed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the possible effects it could have on both the portals and their employees. The report presents the findings of desk research and surveys with owners and journalists employed in digital media. It is a continuation of the research conducted in 2018 and 2019, which was the first research in this area in Montenegro. The report summarizes the findings of a three-year research and monitoring of the situation in online media and offers recommendations for improving and resolving the identified problems.

The document in front of you is part of the project “Union to Union – Recruitment and Organizing in CEE 2020”, which is traditionally implemented by the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (the TUMM) with the support of the International Federation of Journalists (the IFJ) and the Swedish Union of Journalists.

2020 Overview: The impact of Covid on IJAS and its members

Although freedom of expression may be restricted, if the restriction is necessary to protect public health, among other things, then this must be done in a manner adequate to a democratic society, without interfering into the substance of the guaranteed right to timely and truthful information. During the state of emergency, a number of regulations were adopted that limited a certain number of fundamental rights which had a direct impact on the work of journalists, including restrictions on movement, a ban on attending events important for timely and truthful information to citizens, and other government actions which affected the inability of journalists to do their job professionally.