Statement: Dušan Reljić

Financial crisis will substantially affect the media landscape in SEE.

Expert on media in SEE and member of the Advisory Board of SEE Media Observatory project speaks about the media landscape in this region.


Dr. Dušan Reljić, a biography:

Currently a research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, in the research division „EU External Relations“, Dušan Reljić worked between 1996 and 2003 as senior researcher and subsequently head of the Media and Democracy Programme at the Dusseldorf-based European Institute for the Media (EIM). Previously, he was i.a. senior editor at Radio Free Europe in Munich, the foreign editor of the Belgrade weekly Vreme, and co-founder of the Beta Press Agency in Belgrade during the critical years of 1991-93. Dušan Reljić works on international relations and security with focus on the EU and southeast Europe; democratisation, nationalism and ethnic strife, issues of transition in former socialist countries and the media performance in situations of tensions and conflict.

For Mr Reljić’s recent analytical reports on political and security issues in South-East Europe, please visit  this website.

This is a list of his recent publications and activities in the field of media research:

(Research team leader)
Western Balkans and Turkey Media and Freedom of Expression Fact-finding and Scoping Study
September 2012 - April 2013, Final Report
Framework Contract EuropeAid/127054/C/SER/Multi, Letter of Contract Nr. 2012/288659/1, Brussels: European Commission, 2013
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Mass Media, Post-conflict Transformation and Transition
Why Is It Bodo and Not Katharine?
in: Svetlana Djurdejevic-Lukic (ed.), The Media and Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), August 2010, pp. 13-26 (DCAF Regional Programme Series;)

Political extremism, terrorism, and media in Central Asia: The Examples of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. A study by International Media Support (IMS), Copenhagen, 2008.

With Marius Dragomir (eds.) | Mark Thompson (eds.) Television across Europe Regulation, Policy and Independence. Publ. by Open Society Institute, EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (4 volumes), Budapest 2005.

Dušan Reljić recently participated in these and some other projects:

Consultant to Southeast Europe: People and Culture, a project of the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement to enhance public awareness in the EU about South-East Europe;

Editorial commissioner to Mapping Digital Media: Journalism, Standards and Civil Society, a research project of the Open Society Foundation / Media Network Programme; (

EU's Tempus-Programme: Consultant and Senior Lecturer at the University of Skopje at the Masters Programme in the study of EU Institutions and Policies and Political Management (2008-2009);

Consultant to project “Argus” and several other projects to fight organized crime and corruption in South-East Europe (since 2005);

German representative in the management committee of the Eureka/COST Action „East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda“  (2006-2009)





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