PODGORICA – In a rare case of whistleblower retaliation that has boiled to the surface in Montenegro, a hotel employee was fired in June after exposing how a government agency paid the hotel bill for a political party.
SOFIA – One of two employees fired from Sofia’s National Art Gallery for criticizing government policy has been reinstated following large demonstrations and public calls for Bulgaria’s Culture Minister to resign.
Whistleblowing is so rare and obscure in Albania that even when Parliament voted unanimously for a comprehensive whistleblower protection law on June 2, the breakthrough barely made a ripple.
Political and business elites have gained control over many public and private media outlets in Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro -- mostly through non-transparent privatization, and advertising and budgetary support to loyal media. Consequently, media freedoms and freedom of expression in these countries are seriously impaired, as evidenced by the declining
In response to a crackdown on media freedom, a coalition of NGOs including GONG (a Coalition member), Center for Peace Studies, Human Rights House Zagreb, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and Blueprint for Free Speech has launched a public campaign to defend freedom of expression. Public funding for certain non-profit
Three years after it was first proposed, a comprehensive whistleblower law was passed by the Assembly of Macedonia in November 2015. The law represents another step in the country’s efforts to join the EU, for which it has been a candidate since 2005. The Law on Whistleblowers’ Protection, first suggested
Marking a major step forward in the fight against crime and corruption, the Albanian Parliament on June 2 passed a whistleblower protection law covering employees in the public and private sectors. Albania now joins Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia among Southeast European countries with designated whistleblower legislation. The
On International Right to Know Day on Sept. 28, 2014, then-Kosovo Prime Minister Mr. Hashim Thaçi said his government was “working with full commitment towards the country's membership in the international initiative Open Government Partnership - OGP. We are in the process of adoption of the Action Plan.”