European standards still out of reach
Media freedom has declined ever since Aleksandar Vucic, Slobodan Milosevic’s former information minister, became Prime Minister in May 2014. The media work under harsh financial and editorial pressure, and those that are most critical of the government are attacked publicly. The investigative media groups BIRN and CINS, the daily Danas, and the weekly Vreme are often targeted. “Hostile” media are subjected to frequent arbitrary financial and administrative inspections. Three laws complying with European “standards” on freedom of information were approved with the aim of facilitating admission to the EU but were never put into effect.
67 in 2015
27.66 in 2015