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
nominated Law Faculty Professor Vladimir Vodinelic and Miljenko Dereta from
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
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
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
interrupted," said TV Pirot Editor-in-Chief Dragica Pavlov Krstic.
After the controversy, the New Serbia Pirot municipal chapter organized a
conference, with party spokesman Zoran Todorovic announcing that "the
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
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
groups", people not accepted in society due to difference.
Presenting the award, the Scandinavian "Tupika" organisation of gay and
activists, said the program had helped change Belgrade's previous reputation
earned during the war as an intolerant city, characterized by violence and
It commended the "courageous broadcasting despite threats, homophobia and lack
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
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
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,
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
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
be completed in near future.
"Laws on telecommunications and information need to be passed. Frequencies
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
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
if state television is a service for citizens, then they must finance it."
added that in majority of countries subscriptions are paid through the power
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
final months of the Milosevic regime DOS called for civil disobedience which,
among other things, meant not paying television subscriptions.
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