THIS INVESTIGATION IS PART OF THE JUSTICE FOR JOURNALISTS FOUNDATION INVESTIGATIVE GRANT PROGRAMME AND WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE BALKAN INSIGHT).
Tapped telephones. Bugged apartments. Watchers on the street. Spyware on mobile phones. BIRN’s survey of journalists in 15 countries who have been put under surveillance by intelligence services, criminal groups or private companies over the past few decades reveal how the monitoring of media workers remains a significant issue in Central and South-East Europe.
The interviews explain how surveillance has affected journalists’ work and lives from the authoritarian Communist period to the present day, and how attempts to seek justice for illegal surveillance have often failed.
Read the overview of the current situation here, and watch interviews with 45 journalists and experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia on the Balkan Insight website.