Kosovo

Kosovo

Victim of instability

The political situation in Kosovo became increasingly tense and unstable in 2018 as a result of neighbouring Serbia’s rapprochement with the European Union, which left Kosovo’s government isolated diplomatically. The government’s lack of transparency on the issue of Europe elicited strong reactions from the Kosovar public and journalists. Certain media outlets that had been sidelined did not hesitate to criticise the nationalist policies of President Hashim Thaçi and his Democratic Party of Kosovo, while the government accused critical journalists of being “traitors” or “Serbian sympathisers.” Kosovo’s ethnic divisions are the source of very disturbing problems for journalists who are members of the Serbian minority. This community’s media outlets are often the targets of verbal attacks, cyber-harassment and campaigns by pro-government media. The media landscape nonetheless seems relatively pluralist – at first glance, at least – and many media outlets have owners with no direct political links, which results in more diverse editorial policies and opinions.


75
in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+3

78 in 2018

Global score

+0.07

29.61 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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