Coronavirus crisis increases instability
The media in Kosovo, like almost everything else in the country, remain divided along ethnic lines. Access to certain information is often limited to a particular ethnic or political group, and media outlets tend to focus on issues concerning their own nationality and cover them solely from its viewpoint. Serbian journalists from Serbia were denied entry to Kosovo in early 2021 on the grounds that they gave the Kosovar authorities no prior warning. Kosovar journalists and media are exposed to a hostile environment that includes physical and verbal attacks, cyber-attacks, pressure to censor themselves and a lack of transparency about media ownership. The financially fragile media are susceptible to political influence and, as a result of the pandemic’s impact, many newspapers had to stop producing a print edition. The police used a Covid-19 curfew as a pretext to detain KoSSev website editor Tatjana Lazarević. The fate of many journalists who disappeared, especially those who went missing or were abducted during the 1999 conflict, is still unknown.
70 in 2020
29.33 in 2020