08.03.2017: Project Research team "Partnership in Southeast Europe for the Development of the Media"
For example, according to the Bosnian report, only 10% of the news space is reserved to foreign news. Against the background of a quite eventful year, what was on the rise was “the so-called analytical opus, i.e. the correlation of the international events with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international position.” The Albanian daily Panorama sported no news on the Brexit vote on the very day of the referendum, but only an editorial. All the same, on November 8, 2016the newspaper did not mention anything on US elections and did not have a “world” section at all. On the other hand, “in a very unusual move for the Albanian media”, Top Channel TV station devoted the whole main news edition of June 24 to the reporting and analysis of the Brexit referendum, from voting, to economics, and even to the expected effects on sports. The Macedonian report notes that “false news is the only direct link between the American presidential elections and Macedonia”, despite the big appetite for news on this topic of the local public. Instead, “it received sketchy information that was often not properly framed, and there was no thorough analysis in the domestic media”, reads the report.
There are a couple of reasons why the frequency and quality of international reporting is decreasing in the region. One of them, shared by all the countries in our focus, was the shriking of the newsrooms and the disappearance of the specialised reporters. Even more dramatic is the situation of the national correspondents abroad. “Montenegro is perhaps one of the few countries in Europe that does not have a permanent correspondent anywhere in the world”, reads the national report. The same can be found in the Macedonian media who, for many years back, havenot had any reporters abroad, with the exception of the national television. Unfortunately, the ratings of the national TV are “low and their reports go unnoticed”. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, only the most powerful media outlets have correspondents, primarily based in Washington, Istanbul and Brussels. In Albania, apart from the main TV channels, there are no correspondents in other countries, even in the neighboring ones. Under the economic pressures the media in the region face, the international news staff working locally is also reduced.
The full report is in PDF version, up to the right