Still no improvement

The authorities continue to pressure the public broadcaster RTCG to change its independent editorial policy. In June 2018, they dismissed its general manager Andrijana Kadija, and replaced her and several key managers with supporters of the ruling DPS party. As in previous years, journalists were harassed and threatened by the country’s rulers and its loyalists. In May 2018, an investigative journalist Olivera Lakic was shot in the leg. Like in many previous physical attacks on journalists, Lakic's case is still unsolved. Self-censorship continues to be a major challenge. Although defamation has been decriminalised since 2011, several lawsuits have been filed against independent journalists and media. Professional media outlets have had to cope with serious economic difficulties. The vast majority of state institutions support the pro-government media by placing advertisements in their publications. Jovo Martinovic, an investigative reporter accused of drug trafficking, recieved an eighteen month sentence in January 2019 and will appeal this decision hoping to be acquitted. The international community has condemned the verdict.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



103 in 2018

Global score


31.21 in 2018

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    journalists killed in 2020
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    citizens journalists killed in 2020
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    media assistants killed in 2020
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