Filip Stojanovski

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North Macedonia court rejects lawsuit by journalists over 2017 Parliament attack

Journalists sued the Macedonian state for the violence they faced on that fateful April 27, 2017, when a mob stormed the Parliament. A court ruled they failed to prove the...

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnian journalists demand justice in case of journalist threatened and assaulted by hooligans

The journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina are hoping that the judiciary in their country will finally start to systematically address the issue  of journalists' safety.

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

‘I want a chance to prove my innocence': Formerly jailed Macedonian journalist denied retrial

The case against investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski is considered an example of judicial corruption during the country’s democratic backsliding between 2006 and 2017.

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

Slovak businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée

"This is a significant step, and a rare one in murders of journalists. We hope authorities keep their promise to bring all perpetrators to justice."

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

Bulgaria's parliament and an educational institute named top privacy violators in ‘Big Brother Awards’

The Bulgarian edition of the Big Brother Awards is back as a means of shaming the worst violators of citizens’ privacy.

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

A former Macedonian government official revealed that the former ruling party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".

Despite Regime Change, Macedonian Civil Society Is Still Reeling from Political Persecution and ‘De-Sorosization’

Will Macedonia's new government keep its promise to respect the role of civil society?

Macedonian Court Ruling Favors Formerly Jailed Journalist, Indicates Government Conspiracy

Kezarovski spent the better part of three years as political prisoner, under conditions tantamount to torture.

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

In Moldova, Civil Society Stands Up to ‘Big Brother’ Law

Pressured by civil society, Moldovan legislators debating whether to amend the flawed surveillance-enabling legal changes, called the "Big Brother" Law, or to demand a completely new proposal by the government.

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

WhatsApp and Viber Blocked on Election Day in Montenegro

Parliamentary elections in Montenegro had been marred with allegations of irregularities, reported via social networks, and a temporary ban on use of Viber, WhatsApp and similar messaging apps.

A Blogger Exposes Personal Data Protection Flaw on Macedonia's Election Commission Website

"The mishap is at a very amateurish level from the perspective of professional principles of working with personal data on the open Web."

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