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INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK
IJNet - Issue #272 -
August 30, 2004

 MEDIA PRIVATIZATION GUIDELINES ADOPTED IN SERBIA

 
The Serbian government has approved new guidelines for the privatization of community radio and television stations, the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) reported.

 ANEM said these regulations are long overdue. The failure to pass these regulations was making it impossible for public media to launch the privatization process they were required to do under the Broadcast Act of 2002.

 Other provisions, however, could prove problematic, according to ANEM. The regulations allow the government to restrict the field of potential buyers by issuing conditions that must be met by the company being privatized rather than the buyer. ANEM says that these rules exclude the possibility of employees taking an active role in the privatization process.

 Days before the guidelines were published, however, Serbia's Minister for Culture and Information, Dragan Kojadinovic, said that the privatization rules would allow journalists in Serbia to buy shares in their companies. He said it would be better having media employees as owners rather than selling them to businessmen "with a lot of money and no knowledge of the industry." 

 According to media accounts, Kojadinovic urged Serbian banks to make loans available to media employees so that they could buy shares in their companies. He also promised the government's help for journalists and other media employees who would not be able to participate in the privatization of their companies.

 "We won't allow journalists to be left without jobs when the privatization process is over, especially those who have been working in the industry for more than 10 years," said Kojadinovic.

 The guidelines are available online at http://www.anem.org.yu/download/Rules%20for%20privatization.rtf.

 

source: IJNet 272
published by: Daniela Mathis dma@medienhilfe.ch date of release on this site 02/09/04 

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