SERBIA: SEEMO Condemns Pressure from Local Authorities against Serbia Media

SERBIA, SERBIA, 07/03/2012, 10:45

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns alleged attempts by the authorities of the municipality of Becej, 110 kilometres north of Belgrade, to prevent Nened Jovovic, a journalist with the regional public broadcaster Radio Televizija Vojvodine (RTV), from attending a municipal meeting.  City councillors were discussing local security issues.

“I call on the Becej authorities to allow all journalists to attend their meetings,” said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic. “What is discussed there is of public interest, and banning the public broadcaster from covering the event violates press freedom.”

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