New articles on the TOL website


May 30
Prague in the Rhythm of Roma Music
The world’s biggest Roma cultural festival opens in the Czech capital.

Russian Manhandled Over Social Media Comment
Police brutally arrest man for alleged extremist online activity.

Bulgaria Deports Migrants Back to Greece
A first for the country might become the norm if part of new route to Europe.

Russian Deputy PM Says Losing Space Race to U.S.
After media backlash, Rogozin then backtracks, saying he didn’t mean it.

Estonia’s Trio for Rio
Identical triplets set to compete in the women’s marathon in the summer Olympics

May 31
Parts of Central and Eastern Europe Becoming More Competitive
A new ranking shows big gains for some countries, as the gap with Western Europe closes.

Vegan Café Attacked in Tbilisi
Disruption appears to be work of far-right extremists acting against a symbol of an alternative lifestyle.

Romania Unveils Massive Sculpture
A recently inaugurated monument commemorating the victims of Communism has divided public opinion, with some criticizing its location and style.

Romania Unveils Massive Sculpture
A recently inaugurated monument commemorating the victims of Communism has divided public opinion, with some criticizing its location and style.

St. Petersburg Might Name Bridge for Kadyrov
A referendum could be the next step for the controversial decision to honor the late Chechen president, who fought Russian forces before switching sides.


Vucic Presses Bosnian Serbs on Referendum, Vilnius Removes Soviet-Era Statues
Plus, Macedonian parties call for strengthening independent institutions, and the head of a Russian news agency says his social media sites are blocked.
By Timothy Spence

Serbia’s Premier Denounces Srebrenica Attack, Romania’s Ponta Faces Graft Charges
Plus, the deeds of a fabled Red Army unit may have been more fiction than fact, and Moldovans march for a union with Romania.
By Timothy Spence

Upset in Polish Presidency Vote, Police Seek Chechen in Nemtsov Probe
Plus, report finds evidence of ‘ongoing war crimes’ in eastern Ukraine, and UN rights officials raise red flags in Macedonia and Hungary.
By Timothy Spence

Protesters Call for Macedonian PM to Quit, Ukraine Bans Soviet Symbols
Plus, Azerbaijan’s capital gets a facelift ahead of the European Games, and gay athletes complain of unsportsmanlike conduct in Kazakhstan’s ‘nontraditional’ sex legislation.
By Timothy Spence


International Storytelling Course
10 July 2016 – 18 July 2016

Prague Media Point Conference: Media and Migration
7 November 2016 – 9 November 2016


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.


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.