Our successful initiative in January

After we released three well argument based press statements abut possible State Elections Commission (SEC) paralysis in the election year, due to the fact that the President of the SEC, Đorđije Vukčević, fullfilled conditions for retirementinstitutions woke up and on 27 January the Administrative Committee opened competition for new President of the SEC.

We point up that it is important for that process to end with the selection of a person with full professional integrity and the one who would be equally distant from every single political option.

Naša uspješna januarska inicijativa

Violation of european standards in freedom of expression hinders country’s path towards EU

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) expresses deep concern over the initiation of misdemeanour proceedings against citizen Milija Goranovic, due to a posted comment on Facebook referring to the director of the Police Administration, Veselin Veljovic, and especially over the fact that the competent Misdemeanour Court has imposed a sanction in this case.

Although the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) prescribes minimum of the rights and freedoms which each signatory state must respect, this example shows that Montenegro has not reached that minimum of standards even after sixteen years of implementation of the Convention.

The specific case represents restriction on freedom of expression protected by Article 10 of the Convention, hence it was necessary to apply the so-called three-part test of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, which requires an assessment of the legality, legitimacy and necessity of such restrictions in a democratic society. In accordance with the case-law of the Strasbourg Court, it was also necessary to determine whether these were value judgments or statements of facts, and to apply standards that require significantly higher degree of tolerance of public officials in comparison to individuals. »

Journalists are key allies in fight for a more just society

On the occassion of upcoming 23 January – The Day of Journalists of Montenegro, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) congratulates to all journalists in Montenegro for their persistance to contribute to the fight against corruption, affirmation of human rights and freedoms, as well shaping of democratic political culture, regardless of challenging time for their profession. Media freedoms are in the foundaton of every open society, and journalists are key in democratic changes.

In social environment of frequent clashes between the concept of freedom and the attempts of its limitation, it is especiallly important that journalists resist all forms of censorship or self-censorship. The goal of journalists must be strengthening of the credibility of their profession through their resistance to either external or internal manipulations exercised by different interest groups.

It is important to underline that journalists are still strugling to improve their employment status and working conditions, which are far below the level that this profession deserves. »