ANEM WEEKLY MEDIA UPDATE
AUGUST 25 - AUGUST 31,
August 27, 2001 Federal Information Secretary Slobodan Orlic called on
professional journalists' associations to begin the process of establishing the
criminal accountability of certain journalists, who were “disseminating the
hate speech” during the past decade.
interview with FoNet news agency, Orlic said that the journalists’
responsibility was not identical to the politicians' responsibility, but that it
was evident that both were responsible for disseminating hate speech during the
years of armed conflict.
to that hate speech, many crimes were committed, many people were killed and
many violence acts were performed. The editors and the creators of that hate
speech, who present themselves as being journalists, should be tried in courts.
I will not say that there must be a Hague Tribunal for journalists, too, but
they have to undergo the process of criminal procedure and of the punishment,”
names of the people who had edited and made “the news programmes and texts
full of hate speech” were precisely known in Serbia and in Yugoslavia, Orlic
August 28, 2001 Belgrade-based Television Kosava has been jamming the signal of
Television Nis for the past several days by broadcasting their programmes on
channel 57, which has been used by this local television station for the past
five years, ANEM correspondent Zorica Miladinovic reported.
Stamenkovic, director of the town’s public company Info Nis, Television Nis'
parent company, said that due to TV Kosava's signal jamming, programmes
broadcast on TV Nis could be seen only on several streets in the entire city.
week ago, Television Kosava began broadcasting their signal on channel 57, so
that the two signals have been cancelling each other out. I immediately called
the director of the technical department of Television Kosava on the phone. He
was quite rude while explaining to me that he had the regular license to
broadcast the programme in that channel, and that I should address the Ministry
which had issued that license,” Stamenkovic said.
admitted that Television Nis had not obtained the license for using that
frequency, although they had submitted such demands on two occasions, three and
four years ago, without any success.
mayor Aleksandar Krstic said that the town’s authorities would fight against
media and every other kind of centralised authority in Serbia.
the authority of the town’s government, we can ask the Federal
Telecommunications Ministry to state their stand clearly whether Kosava was
allocated that frequency, and whether that was done according to the existing
legal procedure, or on the basis of exerting the political pressures. We can ask
that such a decision, if it exists, be annulled, and that this type of decision
be made only after the decision on already submitted applications for frequency
allocation, which were being neglected in somebody’s drawers in the Federal
Telecommunications Ministry,” Krstic said.
August 28, 2001 Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) Chairman
Veran Matic said in an official press release:
of the first immediately noticeable results of the political changes of October
5, 2000 was the opening up of the state and quasi-state broadcasters and print
media in Serbia to the representatives of the former opposition bloc and NGO
sector. High hopes raised in the aftermath of the October changes - that the
media field would be efficiently and swiftly reformed in a just manner, that
political influence on the media would be largely eliminated - have nonetheless
proved to be overly optimistic."
August 28, 2001 Federal information minister Slobodan Orlic began the process of
establishing the criminal accountability for journalists and editors who
disseminated hate speech during the past ten years, calling on professional
journalists’ associations to lead the way in this process.
the Association of Journalists of Serbia has reacted to violations of the rules
for the professions of journalists and editors, by establishing their court of
honour. We have expelled seven of our members, and the procedure of expelling
two more members who work with the state-run media is in the process,” Nino
Brajovic, president of this Association, told daily Glas javnosti.
said that the members who had been expelled from the Association were Milorad
Komrakov, Goran Matic, Dragan Hadzi-Antic, Zoran Jevdjovic, Dragoljub Milanovic,
Dusan Cukic, and Djordje Matic, who had been all in the leading editorial
positions in the state-run media.
procedures against one of the editors of Radio Television Novi Sad, as well as
against Miroslav Markovic, the author of the text “[Journalist Slavko]
Curuvuja lived to see the bombs” have been in progress.
to unofficial information, Markovic claimed under interrogation that Mira
Markovic had written the text published under his name, but her alleged
authorship had not yet been proved, Brajovic said.
the decision on his case, Markovic will continue to work in the archives
department at Politika.
seven journalists have not been dismissed from their media organisations, Radio
Television of Serbia and Politika, but they asked us, as their professional
association, to present well-founded evidence for their dismissals. And after we
had presented them with the evidence, they have still not given them their
written orders of discharge,” Brajovic warned.
also said that the journalists who had been the spokespersons and agitprops of
the former regime should themselves feel the pangs of their consciousness.
accountability according to the law is applicable to absolutely everybody.
Still, the Criminal Act in its present form contains no mention of the hate
speech. There are only the provisions about the dissemination of the religious,
racial and ethnic hatred, and on that grounds everybody should be held
responsible, while the hate speech is a little bit broader category,” Brajovic
that he opposed bringing charges against one thousand or two thousands
journalists who had worked in the media that promoted the former regime, because
he was against the notion of collective guilt.
will always be some people who will applaud the government, but there should be
certain mechanisms which shall prevent the journalist from disseminating the
hate speech. It is possible to provide the necessary legal provisions against
that in the Information Act,” Brajovic said, noting that Orlic had at first
advocated against such a law, while he himself had recently said that such a law
should be adopted in the shortest possible period.
August 28, 2001 During the police investigation that took place after Slobodan
Arambasic and Dusan Trkulja fired shots at each other, wounding Trkulja, some
young men who were obviously Arambasic’s bodyguards approached the Blic
photographer in sight of numerous policemen, punched him in the stomach, and
ordered him to stop taking photographs of crime scene and Arambasic being taken
into custody, and demanded that he give them his film from the camera.
the police officers did anything to protect the photographer, he told press
other reporters had their film taken too, and a videocassette was taken from
Television Kosava crew, he added.
to unofficial information, Arambasic and Trkulja are co-owners of the betting
place Zona srece Radnicki, located on the property of the Sports Club Radnicki
August 29, 2001 The new competition for the vacancies in the leading positions
in Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) will be announced either towards the end of
this week, or in the beginning or the following, RTS Board of Directors
president Dejan Mijac announced yesterday.
said that a meeting of the Board of Directors should be held soon, in which the
present situation in Radio Television of Serbia would be considered, especially
after numerous criticisms about repeating the competition for the position of
editor-in-chief of the News Programmes of Television Beograd.
The competition for this position was cancelled because the general director of Radio Television of Serbia, Aleksandar Crkvenjakov, had not proposed to the Board of Directors that any one of the candidates that had submitted their applications should be accepted for the job.
One of the candidates was Gordana Susa, the president of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, and the senior editor of VIN’s productions.
Recently, Susa brought charges against Radio Television of Serbia, on the grounds of their cancellation of the competition.
Mijac confirmed that the representative of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, Branka Prpa, announced that she would resign from her position, and added that he would talk to her during the following days, in order to try to dissuade her from the announced course of action.
BELGRADE, August 31, 2001 The Radio Television of Serbia Board of Directors announced yesterday the second competition in order to choose and appoint the editors-in-chief for the News Programmes of Television Beograd and Novi Sad, as well as of the Second and Third Programmes of Radio Beograd, and to fill the vacancies of the positions of director of Radio Television Novi Sad, and of the editor-in-chief of the Programmes in Serbian of Radio Novi Sad.
The previous competition for the position of editor-in-chief for the News Programmes of Television Beograd was cancelled because the general director of Radio Television of Serbia, Aleksandar Crkvenjakov, did not propose any of the candidates who had submitted their applications to the Board of Directors.
Obrad Savic, who was chosen for the position of editor-in-chief of the Third Programme of Radio Beograd, submitted his resignation in the meantime, due to the protest of the employees in the Third Programme and of some of media professionals against such a choice by the Board of Directors.
Gordana Susa brought charges against Radio Television of Serbia on the grounds of their annulment of the previous competition for the position of editor-in-chief of the News Programmes.
Dejan Mijac, the president of the RTS Board of Directors, recently said he believed that Susa’s charge would not have any influence on their repeating the competition.
BELGRADE, August 31, 2001 Legal proceedings against former Radio Television of Serbia general director Dragoljub Milanovic will begin in the Belgrade Second Municipal Court on September 13-14.
Milanovic is accused of allowing sixteen employees of the state-run television to be killed during a NATO bombing raid on an RTS television building during the night of April 23, 1999.
The court summons was delivered yesterday to the mother of one of the killed employees of Radio Television of Serbia, Zanka Stojanovic.
Milanovic, who has been held in custody up until this time, will face serious criminal charges of violating Article 194 of the Criminal Act of Republic of Serbia by endangering public safety.
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