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Ukraine gets ready to block broadcasting by pro-separatist media

28 April 2017 · Ukraine
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Kiev TV tower. Image: D.Rovchak under a CC licence

Ukraine is now looking to TV towers as a crucial tool in its embattled east, as the government plans to jam the airwaves in order to prevent the transmission of broadcasts by pro-separatist media outlets.

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The Tajik president’s full title is a mouthful, and local media better get used to it

28 April 2017 · Tajikistan
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“The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon” scrolls across the TV screen. Image: Tajik TV / BBC Monitoring / Twitter

Should you find yourself reporting on Tajik politics anytime soon, you may need to take a deep breath before uttering the name of Tajikistan's esteemed leader. This week a new law came into force that sees state-run media outlets obligated to refer to President Emomali Rahmon by his somewhat long-winded official title: “The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon”, to be precise.

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Could Bosnia soon be the only European country without state TV?

27 April 2017 · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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BHRT building in Sarajevo (Image: BiHVolim under a CC licence)

Bosnia's public broadcaster BHRT may have to close due to enduring financial struggles, warn experts and journalists. What would this mean for the highly fragmented nation?

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Estonia and Slovakia rank in World Press Freedom Index top 20

26 April 2017 · Estonia · Slovakia
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Estonia and Slovakia are the New East countries with the highest levels of press freedom, according to an annual ranking composed by Reporters Without Borders, with both countries gaining places in this year's top 20.

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Burger King offers Ukraine 1bn rubles to let Russian Eurovision entrant perform

11 April 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Burger King's Russian office has written to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to request that he allow banned Russian Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoylova to enter Ukraine in order to take part in the competition. To sweeten the deal, the fast food giant has offered to contribute 1bn rubles ($14.5 million) to the Ukrainian budget.

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Russia refuses to broadcast Eurovision after contestant banned from Ukraine

23 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Russia's Channel One and All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company have announced that they will not broadcast this year's Eurovision Song Contest, after Ukraine banned Russia's entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the contest in May.

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Ukraine bars Russian Eurovision contestant

22 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Ukraine has banned Russia's Eurovision entrant, Yulia Samoylova, from entering the country to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

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Robbie Williams ready to step in for Russia in case of Eurovision ban

21 March 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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  • (Julia Samoylova - Flame Is Burning (Russia) Eurovision 2017 - Official Video / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

We already knew he liked to Party like a Russian, but apparently Robbie Williams is prepared to go a step further. Last night the star announced live on Russian TV that he would be delighted to represent Russia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

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Revista ARTA launches residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe

21 March 2017 · Czech Republic · Hungary · Poland · Romania
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Illustration by George Roșu

Romanian contemporary art magazine Revista ARTA has announced East Art Mags, a programme of residencies for young art critics in eastern Europe.

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New Russian licence law could hit streaming services hard

17 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016, dir. Dan Trachtenberg), which recently became available on Netflix Russia

Industry experts are predicting that online streaming services will suffer as the result of a new requirement, introduced by the Russian Culture Ministry, which will obligate video streaming sites to acquire exhibition licences for all films and TV programmes.

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