Society

24 November 2014
Putin Rules Out a New Iron Curtain, Albania’s Secret Bunker Comes Out of the Cold

Plus, OSCE diplomat calls for end of impunity in Russia journalist killings, and the European Parliament weighs condemnation of a Serbian war-crimes suspect.

By Timothy Spence
 
24 November 2014
A Firebrand Aims for Moldova’s Seat of Power

Dubbed a ‘public enemy’ for his abrasive methods, activist Oleg Brega is hoping to proclaim his message from a higher platform.

By Lina Vdovii
 
21 November 2014
Post-Cease-Fire Death Count Nears 1,000 in Ukraine, Armenians Mull Russia’s Possible Role in Chopper Shoot-Down

Plus, Kyrgyzstan tightens the screws on bride-kidnappers and Baku blocks a journalist from going to Washington.

By Barbara Frye, Klein Aleardi, Ioana Caloianu, and Will Sandeman
 
21 November 2014
Lukashenka Crawls Out of the Doghouse

The Belarusian strongman’s stock has risen as his countrymen look nervously on the turmoil in Ukraine.

By Volha Khvoin
 
20 November 2014
Kosovo Parties Break Deadlock, Russian Scholar Sues Estonia for Entry Ban

Plus, Kazakhstani ex-premier held in graft probe and universities flee rebel-held areas of Ukraine.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Klein Aleardi, and Anders Ryehauge
 

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The fall of communism brought with it expectations of an unfettered press safeguarding the young democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. But for the region's media, the past quarter-century has turned out to be much less uplifting. From oligarch-controlled television stations to politically partisan newspapers, from woeful ethical standards to outright corruption, the media often fall far short of acting as independent watchdogs over their societies, despite the existence of some scrappy publications and feisty reporters willing to uncover official wrongdoing and expose poor governance. If that weren't enough, the region's press has been hit hard by the same trends transforming the media around the world, including an explosion of alternative forms of entertainment, the growth of social media, decreased advertising revenues associated with the rise of the Internet, and general economic malaise. Get your copy here.

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