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 Media, Law & Policy total: 69 articles 
Media, Law & Policy -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
New channel for tax
21.08.2017: SEENPM
Representatives of the power company Elektroprivreda BiH and two Sarajevo-based public broadcasting services, the national BHRT and the entity RTV FBiH, signed a business contract on collection of TV license fee together with electricity bills, which will be displayed on bills for the month of August of 2017. Along with these two broadcasters, the public broadcasting system of B&H also comprises RTV Republika Srpska which could not take part in this legal solution for fee collection because Elektroprivreda BiH supplies electricity only to Bosniak-majority parts of the B&H Federation.
Media, Law & Policy -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
BH Public Service
05.02.2016: Media Plan Institut
The Council of Ministers of B-H has decided to extend the current method of user fee collection for Broadcasting Services via telecoms operators until 30th of June. By doing so, they accepted the amendment to the B-H Public Broadcasting System Legislation due to numerous appeals by the Public Broadcasting Services. This decision supported by the force of law, creates a five month transitional period to find a stable method of public services funding. However, it is clear that intensive negotiations not only about the problems of collecting the Public Broadcast fee, but also about its overall structure¸ are about to begin.
Media, Law & Policy -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU media regulations
13.03.2008: Davor Marko
The new EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive - that is to replace the transfrontier television Directive - will extend content-based regulation of the traditional media to a fast-growing, uncertainly identified portion of the Internet. While aiming to catch a quickly moving target, the new European regulation does not consider the risk of regulating a huge portion of content providers and restricting freedom of speech and freedom of information. The Council of Europe - when updating its convention on transfrontier television - will almost certainly follow the AVMS Directive. Media Plan Institute produced report on how AVMS EU will affect media legislation and media environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Media, Law & Policy -> Southeast Europe
01.03.2006: ANEM Belgrade
In short, this overview, covering the reporting period between November 2003 and October 2005, refers to the state of media legislation in South Eastern Europe, and is made on the basis of Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Media Task Force’s summary reports which are prepared under the auspices of the Media Task Force by the Media Plan Institute in Sarajevo. The overview is focused on three categories of media legislation: 1. Broadcasting legislation and regulations, including the licensing procedures and division of frequencies 2.Defamation and libel Law, including the penal and civil code changes relating to defamation, level of fines, burden of proof and special protection of public figures 3. Free Access to Information Act, including the progress or delays in adoption and implementation of Access to Information laws. (Available only on English language)
Media, Law & Policy -> Macedonia
Defamation and libel in Macedonia
07.04.2005: Mile Bosnjakovski
Journalists want to be exempt from liability for criminal offenses in order to be protected from possible misuse and pressure in their work. Their argument is that mechanisms of self-regulation will be reinforced if this happens. The government, however, rejects the argument, being of the opinion that defamation and libel are not solely matters of journalistic practice.
Media, Law & Policy -> Croatia
Media Defamation and Croatian Legislation
01.04.2005: Geza Stantic
Croatian regulations that regulate the responsibility of publishers and authors in proceedings regarding violation of reputation and dignity are not only incoherent, but they also cannot be considered consistent with the standards of contemporary media laws, especially criminal standards. These, of course, are not purely academic problems but issues that restrict pluralism and the control function of media in Croatia on a practical level.
Media, Law & Policy -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
How the New Defamation Law is Applied in Bosnia-Herzegovina
23.03.2005: Mehmed Halilovic
Almost three years ago, defamation was officially decriminalized in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This means that it was legally removed from criminal legislation and shifted to the area of civil law, and possible trials were moved from criminal proceedings to civil action. The change is not insignificant. Quite the contrary, the new law is much more liberal and modern. But still, it has betrayed the initial, and one must admit, naive hopes of journalists that there will be less defamation lawsuits.
Media, Law & Policy -> Montenegro
Media and Defamation
16.03.2005: Vladan Micunovic
Under the new Montenegrin Criminal Code, which went into effect at the beginning of April 2004, defamation is still a criminal offence. However, the possibility of sentencing the accused to imprisonment is abolished and substituted with fines. A minimal fine is 1,200 euros. If the convicted person does not have the money, the sentence is carried out in such a way that for every 40 euros, one day in prison is pronounced, on the condition that the convicted person cannot be imprisoned for more than six months.
Media, Law & Policy -> Albania
Defamation law in Albania
09.03.2005: Gent Ibrahimi
Reconciling journalistic freedom with the right to individual reputation has proved a major challenge for the Albanian legal system and the work of the courts. Albanian society, perhaps even more than other societies in Europe, needs its media to actively perform their ''watchdog'' role. Constructive public criticism, exposure of corruption and government inefficiency are but some of the many desired effects of free media. On the other hand, the right to individual reputation stays at the core of democratic societies.
Media, Law & Policy -> Serbia
Defamation and Libel in Serbian Press
02.03.2005: Milan Milosevic
Following the government’s recommendation, the Serbian Parliament adopted amendments to the law on criminal procedure in 2004. However, there were no changes in the Penal Code that apply to defamation (fines, burden of proof, special protection for public figures). Actually, the threat of imprisonment for defamation was not abolished (so-called decriminalization). The Serbian government did announce during 2004 new amendments to the Penal Code aimed at revising the provisions involving defamation, but the new draft law also includes the threat of a prison sentence.
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