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Doing their masters’ bidding: Media smear campaigns in central and eastern Europe

Unpatriotic behaviour. Sedition. Being in the pay of shadowy external forces. Faking a neo-Nazi event. These are just a few of the charges that have recently been levelled against independent journalists by pro-government media outlets in several central and eastern European countries.

Montenegro: When investigative journalism ends up behind bars

In Montenegro – NATO member country and EU candidate – attacks against the press are numerous and a journalist may be imprisoned for his investigative work.

Montenegro: Investigative journalists’ lengthy legal proceedings

Independent journalist Jovo Martinovic’s arrest with 13 other individuals during a joint Croatian and Montenegrin police operation on 22 October 2015 began an ongoing ordeal. Martinovic was taken into custody…