Freedom House condemns an attack on the writer Jevrem Brković, a columnist for the daily newspaper Vijesti, and calls for authorities in Montenegro to investigate the long series of unsolved cases of physical harassment against journalists there.
Freedom House condemns the recent bomb attack against the independent Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, and urges authorities to thoroughly investigate the attack as well as offer greater protection to the paper and its journalists. The December 26 bombing damaged the paper’s offices but did not injure any staff.
Democracy advocates would do well to scrutinize the white paper released last month by the Scottish National Party in preparation for an independence referendum scheduled for September 2014. The document and the vote it heralds may have important implications for the viability of multinational democracies elsewhere, the global balance of forces between free and authoritarian countries, and the fundamental notion of democracy as a sturdy supplier of good governance.
The transition from the 20th to the 21st century marked a pivotal moment in the Western Balkans. By the end of 2000, the three leaders—Franjo Tuđman of Croatia, Alija Izetbegović of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and Slobodan Milošević of Serbia—who had presided over the most destructive crisis in Europe since the end of the Second World War were no longer on the political scene. Moreover, the electoral success of democratic coalitions in Croatia and Serbia, the progress toward democratic standards recognized in Albanian local elections, and electoral reforms introduced in BiH all aroused a sense of optimism for democratization in the region. Thirteen years later, where do these countries stand on the path toward democracy? Has their performance fulfilled expectations?