Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

In Briefs: Ukrainian Press Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + July 19th, 2011

Here at TOL we’ve covered the plight of journalists working in the Ukraine in detail, but judging by the actions of feminist group FEMEN, it seems that sometimes raising awareness of press freedom can also be achieved by simply stripping off

Images of Dustin Hoffman et al aren’t an unlikely sight, but when the ads in question are located in downtown Moscow promoting some mysterious children’s charity rather than the latest Hollywood flick, things start to feel a little less familiar

Prague Celebrates Week of Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + June 27th, 2011

Week of Freedom – hosted in various locations across Prague city centre – will be celebrating the disestablishment of the Warsaw Pact and the departure of troops from Czechoslovakia

A New Study on Journalism in Serbia

By Tihomir Loza + June 26th, 2011

A study by the School of Political Science (FPN) of the Belgrade University has found that almost 60 percent of journalists in Serbia live in fear of losing their job. 20 percent would leave journalism if a suitable opportunity arises. Miroljub Radojkovic, a professor at FPN, said the study  portrays an average journalist as a [...]

Underrated Independence

By Jeremy Druker + June 15th, 2011

In comparison with other public broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe, Czech Television is remarkably independent.

Aliev: the Same but Different from Other Potentates

By Barbara Frye + June 13th, 2011

The release of a critical journalist could be part of Baku’s long game. Or it could just show the soft power of saccharine pop, lamé, and sequins.

Truth Hurts

By Ky Krauthamer + June 9th, 2011

In the journalistic niche shared by TOL and a few other outlets, the part we play in promoting “Western” values (or if you will, foisting alien belief systems) in what used to be called the Second World is a common topic of discussion. My colleague Michael J. Jordan goes into this in a letter to [...]

Kyrgyzstan, Stuck in Reverse

By Barbara Frye + June 6th, 2011

A year after the ethnic violence in the south, justice seems remote and talk of reconciliation is ridiculously premature.

An Own Goal for the Karimov Family

By Barbara Frye + May 30th, 2011

A French magazine has been sued by the daughter of Islam Karimov for calling her the daughter of a dictator. But it’s not the journal that is on trial.

A Move for Internet Civility

By Jeremy Druker + May 25th, 2011

For years now, the Internet discussions in the Czech Republic have known few bounds.

A Different Kind of Narrative

By Jeremy Druker + May 18th, 2011

Some must reading (and viewing) for Caucasus watchers arrived in my inbox a few days ago: the latest edition of Conflict Voices.

Some Much-Needed Public Embarrassment

By Barbara Frye + May 9th, 2011

For more than a decade, despite scandals and calls for reform, Czech political finance has been ludicrously opaque. Now a European watchdog group has taken on the issue.

Each “Gypsy” family would receive money from the EU for relocation. The EU and Russia will discuss the idea this year or in 2012.

Piano Playing in Slovakia

By Jeremy Druker + May 4th, 2011

In the for-pay content business this week, many eyes are on Slovakia, of all places.

Tim Hetherington: Talented photographer, true gentleman

By Andrew Fenwick + April 26th, 2011

There have been numerous tributes paid to inimitable British photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington since his untimely death in Libya last week, but few have captured both the talent and personality of the man quite as well as this piece

The Curious Case of Gracian Svacina

By Jeremy Druker + April 20th, 2011

I came across an intriguing “freedom of opinion” that ran last week in Respekt, hands down the best Czech newsmagazine, about an outspoken young man at a children’s home.

Outrage and Blame in Zagreb

By Barbara Frye + April 18th, 2011

A quick look at Croatian public opinion in the wake of the generals’ conviction.

Encrypted Messages

By Barbara Frye + April 11th, 2011

Would or could Russia really ban foreign Internet services, and is that even the real question?

Josipovic’s Kind of Radicalization

By Tihomir Loza + April 8th, 2011

You may have heard of the storm that Ivo Josipovic’s interview to Reuters earlier this week has caused in Bosnia. In relation to the current conflicts in the Arab world, Croatia’s president feared ““some kind of radicalization” in Bosnia and other parts of the Balkans with large Muslim populations. Especially we have a sensitive situation [...]


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