Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has submitted today to the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC) an Initiative for launching the proceedings of check of data from the Report on Incomes and Property of the President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic.
Montenegrin public was informed by Dusko Knezevic, businessman whom Montenegrin investigative bodies are searching within opened investigations, that the President Djukanovic has had debt on his card in the Atlas bank. In Djukanovic’s press statement, that he gave in the capacity of the President of Democratic Party of Socialist (DPS), on 23/01/2019, it is also stated: ‘I am already in the contact with the bank in which I am checking credibility of information regarding the debt, andI am seeking the instruction in which manner to perform this obligation of mine, if it stands.‘ Afterwards, the public was informed, by the Atlas Group, that Djukanovic has on 30/01/2019 returned the debt in the amount of16,358.00 EUR, which was confirmed by him personally in the show ‘Ukrstene rijeci‘, broadcasted on TV Prva on 14/02/2019.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Media Centre have submitted today a complaint to the Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) regarding the reporting of Nova M. The complaint relates to the feature broadcasted in the Central News on 17/02/2019 (from 6.58’ to 12.40’) about civic protests which were conducted on 16/02/2019 in Podgorica.
Media Centre and CCE estimate that the Nova M has, with this feature, violated multiple obligations of broadcasters from the Rulebook on programme standards in electronic media. In specific, the feature does not contribute to the complete and impartial informing of the public about events, does not respect the principle of accuracy and impartiality, and it is not just and balanced either. Also, the Nova M has, with this feature, violated the obligation not to use the programme content to biasedly promote interests of any group of an individual. This reflects in one-sided selection of interlocutors without the side which is directly being reported about, but also in inaccurate information, such as the one about number of participants of protest, structure of organisers, etc. by which the viewers are brought deliberately into misapprehension, for the purpose of someone’s particular interest.
By retaining the same staff from the Pink M, unfortunately, the NOVA M has continued also the same editorial policy which is contrary to all professional standards. Such approach to the journalistic profession has not been noted with other members of United Media, corporation behind the NOVA M, and it remains unclear why this large and reputable corporation allows itself to broadcast fake content (inaccurate statements, inaccurate data) as it certainly does not recommend itself to serious clients for marketing.
CCE and Media Centre expect AEM to urgently and positively decide upon this complaint because it is textbook example of violation of the Rulebook on programme standards in electronic media, but also the Code of Ethics of Journalists of Montenegro. It is not known what type of self-regulation the NOVA M has, thus CCE and Media Centre have not utilised this mechanism for complaints yet.
Goran Đurović, Director of Media Centre
Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive Director
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised the Young Leadership School from 13 to 17 February, at Ivanova korita, within the framework of the project Activate Me!supported by the Ministry of Sports and Youth of the Government of Montenegro.
This seventh generation of the Young Leadership Schoolwas attended by 30 pupils from 17 Montenegrin municipalities: Bar, Tivat, Bijelo Polje, Niksic, Berane, Kotor, Andrijevica, Danilovgrad, Pljevlja, Plav, Herceg Novi, Rozaje, Kolasin, Ulcinj, Podgorica, Mojkovac and Cetinje.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Culture 15 amendments to the Draft Media Law , within the public discussion which this Ministry has earlier published.
The most obvious indicator of shortcomings of the legal text offered by the Ministry of Culture for the public discussion is also number of received amendments, as well as the full consent of significant part of the media community and non-governmental organizations dealing with freedom of expression and media. This was also contributed by the strange decision of the Government to enter into drafting of the Media Law without assessment of the application of current Lawthat would point to the necessary interventions, and to which the CCE has been warning continuously.
Furthermore, it should be emphasized that the Media Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, as the carrier of the drafting process of the new Media Law, has rendered meaningless all previous efforts, which were in accordance with the best international standards and practices,to systematically improve the framework and environment for work of the media in Montenegro. Hence, the CCE does not expect even the submitted amendments to receive proper support and to find their place in the final text of the Law, especially knowing that the international experts’ opinion about this text were also gravely ignored. All of this, naturally, can only contribute to further deepening of problems in the area of media and strengthen the trend of bad ratings that Montenegro records in relevant international reports.
Today, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented findings of the survey of public opinion about LGBT persons, within the project “NO to discrimination – YES to diversity”.
Tamara Milaš, CCE Programme Associate, opening the presentation stated that the findings of the research were pleasant surprise, adding ‘We assess that they reflect also the so far performance of civil society organizations, and above all, of course, non-governmental organisations which are gathering the LGBT persons and focusing on this issue’.