Friedensförderung durch Brücken der Verständigung
Peace Building through Bridges of Communication






Vienna, 26 April 2005

 The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is alarmed about an analysis of the situation of the media in Montenegro recently presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Montenegro.

 According to information before SEEMO, the analysis, which was forwarded to the Montenegrin state institutions by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, criticised most of the local outlets as insufficiently affirmative towards the Montenegrin independence.

 Firstly, the analysis emphasised as problematic the fact that the private news agency, MINA, is financed by foreign donors. SEEMO believes this line of thinking is contrary to democratic principles and freedom of expression. Secondly, the government sees as especially worrying the fact that there exists no “national news agency”. However, SEEMO believes the creation of a state-run agency would jeopardise the independence of the media scene in Montenegro.

 SEEMO is also concerned that the analysis cited certain private electronic media, which should receive “material help”. We would like to stress that there should be no discrimination by the government in its treatment, economic or otherwise, of the media.

 Finally, the analysis claims that certain media are not reporting favourably about politicians and political issues. SEEMO would like to stress that journalists and media outlets should have the right to report independently, without any state influence or pressure.

 Therefore, SEEMO urges the Montenegrin Government to respect the principles of media independence and to refrain from putting pressure on the media. We would like to stress that it is vital for journalists to do their job freely and that independent media are crucial for democratic development in any country.


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 SEEMO - IPI, Spiegelgasse 2/29, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel (SEEMO+HELP LINE): +43 1 513 39 40, Tel (SEEMO): +43 1 512 90 11 11, Fax: +43 1 512 90 15

source: SEEMO
published by: Daniela Mathis date of release on this site 11/05/05 

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