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AROUND THE BLOC

May 25
Tajik Referendum Removes Term Limits on President, Bans Religious Parties
‘Leader of the Nation’ Emomali Rahmon already enjoys legal untouchability for himself and his family.

Murder on Abkhaz-Georgia Border Unresolved
Man gunned down last week focuses attention on ‘frozen’ conflict, but Georgian authorities wary of any escalation.

Worldwide Search for Chechen Leader’s Missing Cat
‘I knew long ago that in the USA unevenly breathe to my younger friends,’ Ramzan Kadyrov says in puzzling Instagram post.

Savchenko Released in Prisoner Swap
In exchange, Kyiv releases two Russians it accuses of being special operatives.

Jailed Azeri Journalist Ismayilova to Leave Prison
Aliev regime has freed dozens of opposition figures and dissidents this year in an apparent attempt to assuage Western criticism.

May 26
Three Charged for Prague Castle Underwear Exploit
Other notorious actions by secretive activist group include publicizing phone numbers of Czech leaders and setting off a fake atomic blast on live TV.

Greece Removes More Migrants From Macedonia Border
In Hungary, a referendum could strengthen the nationalist government’s anti-immigrant stance, even though migrant numbers have fallen sharply.

Kremlin Critic Taken Off the Air
A popular talk show on Ekho Moskvy, a bastion of independence in Russia, goes silent.

Ancient Forest Axed in Poland
Officials say the operation aims to prevent “forest degradation,” while activists counter with charges of violating EU law for ulterior motives.

Czechs to Increase Monitoring of Foreign Propaganda
Worried about influence of Russia and other states on the local media scene, the Czech government has announced plans to set up a special team to pay closer attention.

May 27
Estonian Museum Wins Prestigious Award
The transformation of a Soviet-era airbase into an ethnographic museum has been controversial, but just won international recognition for its innovative and environmentally friendly design.

Gorbachev Banned From Ukraine
Former Soviet leader won’t be able to visit for five years because of support for Crimea annexation.

EU to Bosnia: Publish the Census
Brussels says long-delayed failure to publish the results could harm country’s EU aspirations.

Allegations of First Family Corruption in Azerbaijan
OCCRP investigation accuses president of using the state to bail out his daughters’ mining failure.

Romanian Cinema Feted Yet Again
After more success for the country’s films at the Cannes Film Festival, talk again has turned to the prolonged run of quality that the country has managed for over a decade.

FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK

The Art of ‘Secondary Architecture’: Raw, Recycled – and Roma
A self-taught Romani architect joins forces with an artist to breathe new life into tossed-aside objects.
By Milica Dimitrijevic

Baku Court Sentences Rights Advocates, Russian POW Asks Putin for Help
Plus, OSCE official presses Turkmenistan to free journalist, and report says Hungarian officials warn Jewish community over migration threats.
By Timothy Spence

Slovaks Say ‘Nie’ to Asylum Camp, Tatars Want Crimea Returned to Ukraine
Plus, commemorations held for Roma killed during the Holocaust, and summer holidays trump Macedonia’s reconciliation talks.
By Timothy Spence

Russia Set to Veto MH17 Resolution, Orban Lashes Out at Refugees, European Left
Plus, a detained Azerbaijani journalist appears in court, and Serbia vows to keep Kosovo out of UNESCO.
By Timothy Spence

Journalism Fellowships at RFE/RL

Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia can apply for an eight-month Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is accepting applications with a deadline of 0600 CET on June 6.  For more information, click here.

Journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia can apply for an eight-month Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship. The deadline to apply is also 0600 CET on June 6. For more information, click here.

Announcement

Last reminder – Call for Papers related to Media and Migration!
This is your last chance to submit your abstracts for the third edition of the Prague Media Point conference.

Taking place in Prague between November 7th and 9th, as a pre-conference to the ECREA´s sixth European Communication Conference. #PragueMediaPoint.

We invite abstracts on any of the following topics: 
The narratives used by mainstream media to cover the so-called “refugee/migrant crisis”.   The depiction of refugees, asylum seekers and migration in the media.   The ways that new/social media are changing our perception of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants Comparisons between the approaches of public and private media. The role of the media in culturally diverse democracies. Journalists as observers or actors when covering the crisis.  The role of immigrant/diaspora/minority media. Discourses of racism and anti-racism in European media.
Please submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio by 31 May 2016. The abstracts will be subjected to a peer-review process and should be submitted to: 
You can find more information here.

Our upcoming activities:

International Storytelling Course
10 July 2016 – 18 July 2016
Prague Media Point Conference: Media and Migration
7 November 2016 – 9 November 2016