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Serbian MPs praise journalist attacks

15 June 2017 · Serbia
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Protesters on the day of Aleksandar Vučić‘s inauguration as President of Serbia. Image: Insajder / Facebook

A number of MPs from Serbia's ruling Progressive Party have spoken out in support of attacks on reporters during the presidential swearing in of Aleksandar Vučić on 31 May.

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Will political advertising on VKontakte strengthen or damage Russian democracy?

7 June 2017 · Russia
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On the face of it, social media might seem to be a great leveller in terms of democracy and debate — after all, anyone can post. For this reason many rejoiced when popular Russian social network VKontakte announced it had opened its advertising space for political candidates in the run-up to Russia's presidential election. Here's the catch: this option is open to just a select few.

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Ukrainian President signs TV language quota into law, but Soviet films escape scot-free

7 June 2017 · Ukraine
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Still from popular Ukrainian TV series The Servant of the Nation (Image: Sergey Marchenko / kvartal95.com)

Yesterday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law establishing a quota for Ukrainian-language programming on television and radio, with special provisions made for Soviet films and a significant transition period in place.

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Inauguration day attacks bode badly for journalists in Serbia

2 June 2017 · Belgrade · Serbia
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Protesters on the day of Aleksandar Vučić‘s inauguration as President of Serbia. Image: Insajder / Facebook

Media unions are fearing the worst for the future safety of journalists in Serbia, after a number of reporters were attacked during the presidential inauguration of Aleksandar Vučić on Wednesday.

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Killing of corruption journalist raises fears in Russia

25 May 2017 · Krasnoyarsk · Russia
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Concerns of an increase in threats towards journalists in Russia are mounting after local newspaper editor Dmitriy Popkov was murdered yesterday in the town of Minusinsk in the Krasnoyarsk region.

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Ukrainian lawmakers pass TV and radio language quota

24 May 2017 · Ukraine
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The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada. Image: Martin Schulz under a CC licence

Ukraine's parliament has passed a bill establishing a quota for Ukrainian-language programming on television and radio.

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Former Playboy editor wants to get Latvian kids listening to local music

16 May 2017 · Latvia
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Latvia's youth radio station Pieci.lv may be forced to play exclusively Latvian-made music if ex-Playboy editor Ivars Āboliņš gets his way.

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Ukraine to block Russian social media sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki

16 May 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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Two of Ukraine's most popular social networking sites, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, are to be blocked in the country after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an order imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia, including the Mail.ru Group which owns the two platforms. 

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Azerbaijani court blocks Radio Free Europe website

15 May 2017 · Baku · Azerbaijan
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On Friday Baku's Sabail district court ruled in favour of blocking access to the website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service, sparking criticism at what is seen as an increasing crackdown on media freedom in the country.

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Fears grow over journalists’ safety in Kosovo after attack on former newspaper editor

15 May 2017 · Pristina · Kosovo
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Concerns are growing over an increase in threats towards journalists in Kosovo, after former newspaper editor Arbana Xharra was assaulted on Friday evening.

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