Coalition for Media Freedom: Last Moment for REM to Do its Job and Punish TV PINK

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Source/Author: IJAS

The Coalition for Media Freedom welcomes REM’s (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media)  decision to initiate proceedings against TV PINK, because it published a private recording of inappropriate content of MP Djordje Miketic in the morning program.

The Coalition indicates that it is high time that REM started to play its role and finally start to punish broadcasters who do not comply with the Law.

At its extraordinary session, the Council of the REM decided to start the procedure due to the well-founded assumption that there was a violation of Articles 65 and 70 of the Law on Electronic Media, as well as that the regulations on the protection of human rights in the field of providing media services and the protection of the rights of minors were violated in the field of providing media services.

The Law on Electronic Media states that publication of programming content such as “showing pornography, scenes of brutal violence and other programming content that can seriously harm the physical, mental or moral development of minors” is considered a particularly serious violation of the law.

Given that this is the third time, according to the analysis of the Slavko Curuvija Foundation, that Pink television grossly violated the new Law on Electronic Media, a month after its adoption, we demand from the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media and other competent authorities to react in accordance with the law and revoke the license for national coverage from this television.

We remind that Pink Television received a national frequency even though it did not broadcast the program it stated in the report, while REM’s analyzes showed that it did not even meet the legal minimum in terms of broadcasting mandatory programs, primarily educational and scientific.

The Coalition for Media Freedom consists of the Association of Media, the Association of Online Media (AOM), the Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina (NDNV), the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS), the Business Association of Local and Independent Media “Local Press” and the Slavko Curuvija Foundation.