The Republic of Serbia is a landlocked country of approximately 30,000 square miles, located in the Balkan region of Southeastern Europe, bordering Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the northeast and southeast, respectively; North Macedonia to the south; Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina to the west; and Montenegro to the southwest. Its population is just over 7 million, and its capital city is Belgrade. Following a brief introduction to Serbia’s history, this entry examines the development of the country’s media system, from the earliest newspapers to radio, television, and the Internet, with particular attention to the dynamics of Serbia’s present-day mix of public, or state-owned, versus privately held media.

Historically, the Kingdom of Serbia was a sovereign medieval state, which was annexed by the Ottoman ...

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