March 11, 2024

11.03.2024 – SEEMO Condemns Government Officials Actions in Montenegro

In a concerning development for press freedom in Montenegro, recent actions by a government official have raised alarm bells within the journalistic community. The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns Nik Đeljošaj /Nik Gjeloshaj, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development of Montenegro, who tried to discredit a journalist.

The saga began with Đeljošaj /Gjeloshaj making unsubstantiated allegations against journalist Danilo Ajković from Television Vijesti (, accusing him of collusion with other individuals to undermine Đeljošaj’s /Gjeloshaj’s reputation. Such baseless accusations pose a threat to the safety and well-being of journalists working in Montenegro.

SEEMO is voicing support for Ajković and expressing solidarity with him in the face of these unwarranted attacks. SEEMO is emphasizing the need for politicians to refrain from interference in the work of journalists and to create an environment conducive to free and independent media.

SEEMO calls for an immediate end to all forms of intimidation and harassment against Ajković. SEEMO is urging the Montenegrin authorities to respect press freedom and protect the safety of media professionals.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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