New articles on the TOL website

Around the Bloc: Kazakhstan Tightens Squeeze on Media
Astana reinforces its status as a no-go area for independent media, while ostensibly more open Kyrgyzstan cracks down on opposition TV station.
4 January 2018

Around the Bloc: BiH Could Face Sanctions Over Unequal Political Access for Ethnic Minorities
Council of Europe could step in over Bosnia and Herzegovina’s failure to respect a deadline for amending the constitution. 
3 January 2018

Around the Bloc: Bulgarian President Vetoes Anti-Corruption Bill
While few doubt the need for tougher laws, the bill’s critics have argued that its shortcomings would have derailed an efficient fight against graft.
3 January 2018

Around the Bloc: ICTY Says Praljak Suicide Could Not Have Been Prevented
The UN court says its procedures could not have detected the cyanide that killed the former Bosnian Croat commander.
2 January 2018

Around the Bloc: Belarus Takes Another Look at Alcohol Controls
Minsk mulls restrictions on drink sales and raising the drinking age to curb the drastic effects of high alcohol consumption.
2 January 2018


Eastern European Lifestyle Unhealthiest In the World, Study Suggests
Nine out of the top 10 nations with the least healthy eating, drinking, and smoking habits are in the post-communist 
27 September 2017

More of the Same 
Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent. From The Conversation.
1 December 2016


Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students – Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!

Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees. Applicants should be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, international relations or other. One of the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.

Apply or check our website for more info. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.