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IFEX Autolist - Serbia (ANEM's media update, 17-23 August 2002)

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      ANEM WEEKLY MEDIA UPDATE

      AUGUST 17 - AUGUST 23, 2002

      DERETA AND VODINELIC NGO CANDIDATES FOR BROADASTING COUNCIL

      BELGRADE, 21.8.2002 - Representatives of 46 non-governmental organizations
      have
      nominated Law Faculty Professor Vladimir Vodinelic and Miljenko Dereta from
      the
      Citizens Initiative to represent NGOs on the new state Broadcasting Council.

      The Serbian Parliament will chose one of the two when the Council is formed.
      Likewise, associations representing broadcasters, journalists, actors and
      composers will tomorrow nominate two candidates.

      BROADCAST NEVER EXISTED

      PIROT, 21.8 2002 - Following accusations from Velimir Ilic's election
      headquarters that TV Pirot director Srdjan Stojanovic "interrupted the
      screening
      of a regularly announced broadcast hosting Ilic which had already begun," the
      managing board of the Sloboda media group which TV Pirot is a part of issued a
      statement saying that "an interruption of the broadcast on TV Pirot cannot be
      talked about as the New Serbia municipal chapter cancelled Mr Ilic's
      appearance
      because of the high cost of the broadcast time." The statement was signed by
      Nebojsa Ilic, deputy president of the Sloboda managing board.

      "The truth is that the broadcast never began, and therefore could not have
      been
      interrupted," said TV Pirot Editor-in-Chief Dragica Pavlov Krstic.

      After the controversy, the New Serbia Pirot municipal chapter organized a
      press
      conference, with party spokesman Zoran Todorovic announcing that "the
      municipal
      chapter has decided to break-off all cooperation with TV Pirot." Following the
      announcement, Todorovic requested that the TV Pirot team leave the press
      conference. In a show of solidarity, journalists from Radio Pirot and the
      Sloboda weekly also left.

      FIRED EDITOR ACCUSES PARTNER OF SLANDER

      NOVI SAD, 21.8.2002 - "Slanderous statements made in public have caused great
      harm to my reputation and honour, if these claims are not retracted and my
      further work and participating in management not enabled, I will be forced to
      seek satisfasction through normal court proceedings" announced Mirko Sebic,
      dismissed Editor-in-Chief of Bulevar magazine.

      He is facing criminal charges of embezzlement pressed by his partners from
      Panonia Press which owns Bulevar magazine. Sebic warned that although he had a
      35 percent stake in the firm, from August 10, under threat of physical
      force, he
      had been unable to gain entry into the firm's premises.

      GAY AND LESBIAN RADIO PROGRAM WINS AWARD

      BELGRADE, August 22, 2002 - "Gayming", a pioneering gay and lesbian radio
      program, has won the "Heimdahl" award for exceptional contribution to the
      development of mass media dealing with homosexuality.

      The program, authored by Dusan Maljkovic, is part of the Belgrade 202 night
      schedule entitled "Different people among us." The programme discusses
      "marginal
      groups", people not accepted in society due to difference.

      Presenting the award, the Scandinavian "Tupika" organisation of gay and
      lesbian
      activists, said the program had helped change Belgrade's previous reputation
      earned during the war as an intolerant city, characterized by violence and
      discrimination.

      It commended the "courageous broadcasting despite threats, homophobia and lack
      of finance."

      TOP MEDIA ANALYST NOMINATED TO BROADCAST WATCHDOG

      BELGRADE, August 22, 2002 - Respected media analyst Snjezana Milivojevic has
      been nominated to Serbia's new Broadcast Agency Council, alongside the
      president
      of the Association of Serbian Journalists, Nino Brajevic.

      The candidates were elected by representatives of nine media groups and
      associations of film and theatre artists, and composers.

      The Council will serve as a media regulatory body, set up under the
      Broadcasting
      Law adopted by the Serbian Parliament in July.

      Milivojevic was nominated by the Association of Independent Electronic Media
      (ANEM), the Association for the Development of Private Broadcasting,
      "Spektar,"
      and the Independent Association of Serbian Journalists (NUNS).

      Support for Nino Brajevic came from the Association of Serbian Journalists,
      which was widely regarded as a tool of the former regime.

      NUNS president Milic Lucic-Cavic told B92 that Milivojevic was the perfect
      candidate, a "complete, independent personality."

      "I won't comment on the other candidate," she added, "I think everyone has the
      right to nominate whomever they think is best."

      The Council will have nine members, four of which will be nominated by the
      Serbian government and the provincial authorities in Vojvodina. Under the new
      law, politicians will also get to vote between Milivojevic and Brajevic. (B92)

      AGREEMENT REACHED ON MEDIA MONITORING

      PODGORICA, August 23, 2002 - Representatives of Montenegrin parliamentary
      parties reached agreement on media and election legislation at a roundtable
      meeting attended by OSCE experts.

      Under the agreement a special commission will be formed to monitor the work of
      state and independent media during the pre-election campaign, with each party
      contributing two members to the commission. Each party will also be able to
      offer their own experts in the media sphere to the commission, who must not be
      MPs.

      GORDANA COMIC: MEDIA MUST RESPECT MORALS AND THE FACTS

      POZAREVAC, 23.8.2002 - Deputy speaker of the Serbian Parliament, Gordana Comic
      from the Democratic Party announced in Pozarevac that new media regulations
      will
      be completed in near future.

      "Laws on telecommunications and information need to be passed. Frequencies
      will
      be awarded to those who fulfill technical, programming and ethical conditions.
      At the time of passing the new legislation, those who produce and those who
      consume information need to be heard. The media will have to respect standards
      like the appropriate use of language, arguments, and adherence to the
      facts. We
      will not allow anybody to scream at the people," said Comic.

      The minister proposed that an ethics commission be formed to fight the use of
      hate speech in the public domain.

      UNPOPULAR MEASURE AT EU'S BEHEST

      BELGRADE, 23.8.2002 - Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Zarko Korac has announced
      the introduction of a television subscription of 210 Yugoslav dinars monthly.,
      saying that he is aware that this will be "a very unpopular measure."

      "We wanted to avoid this. However, the European Union's position is very
      clear:
      if state television is a service for citizens, then they must finance it."
      Korac
      added that in majority of countries subscriptions are paid through the power
      bill.

      Today's edition of the Belgrade Danas daily stresses that one of the ruling
      coalition's pre-election promises was to scrap the subscription, and that
      in the
      final months of the Milosevic regime DOS called for civil disobedience which,
      among other things, meant not paying television subscriptions.


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