International media assistance programs implemented in Serbia during last twenty years have contributed to the creation of the public service broadcasting and the introduction of the regulatory framework for broadcasting sector, while at the same time helping the development of the independent media outlets.
Themes: Media and Democratization
However, the success of the media reforms was limited due to various political and financial pressures, clientelistic relations between the media and political elite, inadequate legal framework and weak media market.
This policy brief identifies key challenges and achievements of international assistance to the media reforms in Serbia, and outlines a set of lessons learned and recommendations for eventual future similar programs.
The policy brief is produced within the project “Development of Functional Media Institutions in Western Balkans” implemented in 2012 and 2013 by the Center for Social Research Analitika from Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from Macedonia, the Albanian Media Institute (AMI), from Albania, and the Democracy for Development (D4D) from Kosovo.
The project is funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP), which is aimed at fostering and promoting social science research in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). The RRPP is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The programme is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.