Media & Transition -> Bulgaria
Pressures on the media
07.02.2013: VŠclav ätžtka
Collusion between the press and politicians is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs Ė and in these more fragile democracies, they represent an even bigger threat. Text is taken from http://www.opendemocracy.net
Media & Elections -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 Election in BiH
13.01.2011: Davor Marko, Lejla Turcilo, Tatjana Ljubic, Radenko Udovicic
The press in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the time of war has fostered a critical style of writing on various social trends, prominent individuals, governments, opposition. However, such reporting in times of election campaigns is often on the verge of crossing the line of objectivity and even being on a mission to change political relations in the country. These elections were no exception. Affinities for particular political parties and candidates could clearly be seen. Media division of the country along ethnic and political lines was visible. Also, although they belong to the same Public Service Broadcasting System of BiH, primetime news programs on the three public services in the monitoring period covered the election campaign from significantly different positions. Basically, they continued the divergent editorial policies of these media outlets, which are ethnically and politically opposed especially on the two entity televisions.
New Media -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
Analysis of comments on portals and recommendation on better communications
12.01.2011: Dusan Babic
What does it look like when citizens, ordinary people, with different views, different intentions, take the pen in their own hands; in the absence of any kind of restrictions, does at least minimal culture of dialog exist in public space; what do people write about and can information published that way (which has not gone through journalistic and editorial controls) influence public opinion? Analysis of five BiH portals and two portals from Serbia and two from Croatia was based on a sample of controversial socio-political issues, i.e. issues on which political or ethnic consent is lacking, published on the home pages of the analyzed portals in a set monitoring timeframe (7 days each in June, July and August 2010). We carefully monitored readersí comments on these articles.
Special Reports -> Southeast Europe
19.08.2008: Group of authors
Media products ‚Äúhave a social, cultural and democratic value that makes them special within market conditions,‚ÄĚ but just as media owners tend to overlook the special values of media products, debates about the media and journalism tend to overlook the fact brought to the forefront in this SEENPM research: all media content is a product of work and is strongly affected by the conditions under which individual workers perform. Orderly social conditions in which media professionals are able to perform their work undisturbed are in the interest of society as a whole.
Media, Law & Policy -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU media regulations
13.03.2008: Davor Marko
The new EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive - that is to replace the transfrontier television Directive - will extend content-based regulation of the traditional media to a fast-growing, uncertainly identified portion of the Internet. While aiming to catch a quickly moving target, the new European regulation does not consider the risk of regulating a huge portion of content providers and restricting freedom of speech and freedom of information. The Council of Europe - when updating its convention on transfrontier television - will almost certainly follow the AVMS Directive. Media Plan Institute produced report on how AVMS EU will affect media legislation and media environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Contemporary Journalism -> Romania
Monitoring of current reporting on Antena 1, the leading commercial network, and TVR1, the first channel of the public television
19.11.2007: Manuela Preoteasa
Usually, political news is balanced and positions of a broad variety of leaders are reflected. Politics has meant less action and more quarrel lately, as often happens when politicians attack one another, so their statements are hunted by journalists to make their reports more colourful, more dramatic.
Special Reports -> Hungary
Prime time domestic television news of MTV and RTL Klub
31.10.2007: P√©ter Bajomi-L√°z√°r ‚Äď √Āron Monori
Research shows three major trends in contemporary television news. Firstly, Hungarian broadcasters pay little attention to foreign news, especially to what happens in neighboring countries. Secondly, there is a clear-cut division of labor between the major public service and the major commercial broadcaster: whereas the former treats public interest stories in detail, the latter focuses on human interest stories. And thirdly, neither of the monitored stations has been biased in any significant way.
Contemporary Journalism -> Macedonia
Analysis of TV prime time domestic news on MTV and A1
25.10.2007: David Vitkov
Domestic political news and economic and financial news is covered the most on A1 and MTV. The general attitude on A1 towards such news is negative to neutral, both in content and attitude, while on MTV it is generally neutral.
Contemporary Journalism -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
Television of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BHT) and Independent Television Hayat
09.10.2007: Davor Marko
BiH is a country with an unstable political situation, frequent strikes, unsolved criminal scandals, numerous residents whose lives have been ruined by war, and war crimes suspects who have been bypassed by justice for years. This can be concluded from the dominant issues in the analyzed period, which both televisions covered, each in its own way.
Contemporary Journalism -> Albania
Monitoring and analysis of TV news programs TVSH and Top Channel
19.09.2007: Ilda Londo
Overall, the prime time news editions on both the public and the commercial station are similar in range of topics, but differ in the details, sources, and priority of coverage. The selection of prime time news, when viewed against the backdrop of specific developments, points to a specific agenda that sets the news criteria. The agenda‚Äôs main priority, as the very order, selection, and sources of news show, is very close to the agenda of the government or politics in general or to that of the TV management and its interests at the moment. In fact, as was repeatedly shown through the monitoring analysis, political presence or presence of persons promoting a specific interest for the TV station is one of the main criteria in defining news value.