Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2019
CEO of carpooling service disinvited from interview on Russian state media after producer found out she was a woman
Russia still has a long way to go in terms of gender equality.
A Global Voices story helps translation competition winners express their passion for the Czech language
An international competition of translation into Czech using a GV story presents awards to global winners.
How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans
Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.
Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections
It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.
Russian state media scolds independent outlets for ‘neutral’ word choice in counter-terror operation reports
RT’s Russian-language website attacked other media outlets for using the word “killed” instead of “liquidated” or “neutralized.”
‘I invented the term Afroczech': An interview with Czech-Nigerian author Obonete Ubam
Obonete Ubam is a Czech-Nigerian author who describes how he came to embrace his African heritage in a newly published book that became a media sensation in the Czech Republic.
Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán
Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."
Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news
Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.
Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones
As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.
Will Albania's political crisis delay negotiations for accession to the European Union?
A wave of protests has gripped Albania only months before the European Council is due to announce whether or not it'll open accession talks.
Hungarian state media are attacking a high school student who criticized government
Nagy has endured criticism of her intellect and even sexual harassment, with one pro-government media outlet calling her a "whore".
Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers
Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.
Why are some Czechs claiming Slovakia's president-elect as their own?
Czech's current leaders are conservative, often anti-Brussels, openly opposed to taking in refugees. Slovakia's Zuzana Čaputová is everything that they're not.
Russians rejoice as their favorite Ukrainian presidential hopeful, a comedian with no political experience, wins first round
Ukraine’s presidential elections attracted intense attention from neighboring Russia, with state television channels -- usually extremely hostile to post-Maidan Ukraine -- attempting to paint a picture of chaos and disarray.