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Zselyke Csaky
Research Analyst, Nations in Transit

European leaders’ various reactions to the influx of migrants and refugees has inadvertently exposed a union that is pulling apart at the seams.


In April, when you met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden at the White House, he expressed support for Montenegro’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO and emphasized the importance of strengthening democratic institutions, including a free press. However, since that meeting, violations of press freedom have continued unabated and have led to an increasingly threatening environment for independent media in Montenegro.

Jennifer Dunham
Project Manager, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries and enforce these more strictly during the accession process.

Shannon O’Toole
Guest Blogger

Prime Minister Milo Đukanović asserted late last year that Montenegro’s journalists enjoy “absolute freedom of expression.” Over the subsequent weeks, reporter Lidija Nikčević of the independent daily Dan was severely beaten with a bat, bombs struck the office (pictured) of another daily, Vijesti, as well as the home of one of its columnists, and arsonists torched one of the paper’s vehicles, marking the fifth such attack on Vijesti since 2011. This is only a sample of the unchecked aggression faced by independent journalists in Montenegro.


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