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Belgrade Media Report 4 May 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 4 May 2020


Vucic: The state of emergency to be lifted on 6 May (TV Pink/B92)
Ghebreyesus praises Serbia’s results in fight against COVID-19 (RTS)
Brnabic: State of emergency to be lifted soon while keeping precautionary measures (TV Prva/Tanjug)
Dacic: Agreement on opening border reached with Hungary (TV Prva/Tanjug)
Another 93 cases, 1,574 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC announces calling of local elections next week and calls on authorities to secure funding for holding of elections (Hayat)
OSCE’s Kavalec: It is too early to decide on postponement of elections (Dnevni avaz)
Deadline set by ECHR to amend Election Law and allow elections in Mostar expires, with no solution in sight (Dnevni list)
Anniversary of exodus of Serbs from Slavonija region marked in Gradiska (ATV)
Anniversary of Operation ‘Bljesak’ marked in Croatia; Milanovic leaves official ceremony because of Ustasha insignia worn by participants (BHT1/O kanal)
Reactions to announced coming of Russian military unit to Mostar (FTV)
Cvijanovic: RS could have been satisfied with epidemiological situation up until several days ago, but some indicators right now are not encouraging (Nezavisne)
Over 14,760 citizens enter B&H as of abolition of mandatory quarantines in FB&H until today (BHT1)
B&H confirms 79 new Covid-19 cases (N1)

President: I can understand that it’s in govt’s interest to hold elections soon (Hina)
Non-emergency medical and personal care services reopen in Croatia (HRT)
In Croatia, 5 new cases of Covid-19, a total of 2101, 1 person has died (N1)

Rakocevic: Parliamentary elections won’t be postponed (Dan)
Second phase of easing of the measures in Montenegro has begun today (CDM)
Institute for Public Health of Montenegro reports 1 new coronavirus case (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Election date once infectious diseases committee approves it, says Filipche (MIA/Telma TV)
Pendarovski says he’ll think twice about extending state of emergency (MIA)
Pendarovski: Bulgaria declaration could be real political hurdle (MIA/Alsat-M)
In North Macedonia 7 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed, 47 patients recovered, 1 person died (Libertas)

Rama explains the rules for the weeks to come (Radio Tirana)
Albania sees only 8 new Coronavirus cases (ADN)


China’s medical experts honored for Serbia COVID-19 aid (CGTN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 4, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, May 4, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• LDK-AAK-NISMA meet to harmonise programs (ekonomia)
• Vitia: I considered resigning, I’m also responsible to shed light on case (media)
• Kurti calls on MPs to leave aside political calculations (RTK)
• Abrashi: We don’t have names of ministers yet (Lajmi)
• Pacolli expected to travel back to Switzerland today (Koha)
• Public Health Institute urges caution in light of lockdown relaxation steps (media)
• Haradinaj: Acting government is commiting recidive violation of the Constitution (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• No new Covid-19 infection cases in north, quarantine measure lifted (Kosovo online, Radio Mitrovica sever, Radio KIM)
• Jevtic: Wave of attacks against Serb returnees in Kosovo continues, two persons arrested (Kosovo-online, KoSSev, RTK 2)
• Head of UNMIK Tanin concerned over recent incidents against non-majority communities (social media)
• Empirika: Institutions to take measures to protect Serb property (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• EU in Pristina concerned over incidents in Serb-populated areas (RTS)
• OSCE Mission expresses concern over incidents in Gojbulja village (social media)
• Vucic: State of emergency to be lifted on Saint George Day, May 6 (B92)
• Borrell: Covid-19 pandemic has shown essential role of journalism (N1)


• Kosovo Orders Retrial of Wartime Guerrilla Unit Commander (Balkan Insight)


• Brnabic: If numbers are not under control, restrictive measures again (Prva TV, B92)
• Contact Tracing: Europe’s Coronavirus Tech Tangle (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, May 4

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• Public Health Institute: 11 new cases of COVID-19 (media)
• Authorities urged to instigate death of young man in quarantine centre (media)
• Kurti: Govt was brought down because they want a quick agreement to divide territories (media)
• Bajrami: Court must rule in line with people’s will (Infokusi)
• Hooper: Grenell to convince EU on Kosovo-Serbia agreement (VoA, RTK)
• Vucic foresees protests and riots in Kosovo (media)
• In less than a month, Serbia imported €12.4 million worth of goods to Kosovo (Koha)

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