Lobbyists in Arms

The postponement of Saturday’s  meeting of the NUJ Continental European Council (made up of branches in Paris, Brussels and the Netherlands) allowed me to attend a guided tour about the arms industry lobby in Brussels, organised by the Corporate Europe Observatory...

The unacceptable state of Serbian journalism

The opening of the EFJ annual meeting in Belgrade on 15 June was an important occasion for Serbian journalists. Present, with security personnel in attendance and a host of national and local media, was Boris Tadic President of the Republic of Serbia. He first assumed...

Impressions of Belgrade

It’s my first visit to Belgrade (or Beograd in Serbian – the White City) – I’m here for the European Federation of Journalists annual meeting this week. So what are my first impressions? The journey by car from the airport to the hotel (a lift was kindly...

That wedding and Palace censorship

I recently received a visit from an old friend of mine who now lives in Australia (Tasmania). It was on the day the  Palace rolled out its programme for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations from 2 June next year and we quickly moved onto the subject of the coverage of the...