Public media under pressure

The authorities have stepped up pressure on the public broadcaster RTCG to change its independent editorial policies, and have placed leading supporters of the ruling DPS party in key positions at RTCG. Journalists are harassed and threatened by the country’s rulers. None of the physical attacks on journalists of previous years was punished in 2017. In some cases, prosecutors also pressured journalists to reveal their sources. Self-censorship and safety continue to be major challenges. Defamation has been decriminalized since 2011, but lawsuits against independent journalists and media are common. Media outlets also have to cope with major economic difficulties. Most state agencies support the pro-government media by paying them to publish their advertisements. Jovo Martinovic, an investigative reporter accused of drug trafficking, was released conditionally in early 2017 but is still awaiting the outcome of his trial.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



106 in 2017

Global score


33.65 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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    media assistants killed in 2019
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