Transformation of RTCG from a party into a Public Service should not be halted

Podgorica PR press service – Transformation of Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) from party to the Public Service must not be halted, since it would be a first step towards restraining of the European integration and European future of Montenegro, as it was stated from the performance ‘Independent Public Service and full stop’.

The protest performance, in front of Parliament of Montenegro at which today chains from RTCG were simbolically taken off, was organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Centre for Research and Monitoring (CEMI), Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), Centre for Development Non-Governmental Organizations (CDNGO), Institute Alternative (IA) and Network for Affirmation Non-Governmental Sector (MANS).

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Rakocevic is a mirror of academic honor of UoM’s management

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) expresses regret over decision of the Senate of the University of Montenegro (UoM) to elect Velimir Rakocevic into position of regular professor for Criminal-Law group of subjects at the University of Montenegro, with the full awareness of controversies that follow academic work of Rakocevic. It seems as if we did not need to wait for long for new management of UoM to demonstrate that it remains allegiant to previous  «principles» in relation to issues of academic honour and election into academic titles, wherein the applied criteria are outside of academic sphere. Herewith, all their promises of work on improvement of quality of education at the UoM have been annulled, and the farce of changes at the UoM has been denuded.

Anticipating this course of events, CCE has yestearday appealed to the Rector of UoM prof. PhD Danilo Nikolic, President of the MB prof. PhD Dusko Bjelica, as well as Vice-Rector and President of Scientific Board prof. PhD Irena Orovic, to terminate practice of valuing non-academic criteria and to consistently apply existing framework that defines these issues, which includes a thourough check of Rakocevic’s submitted documentation and assessment in the accordance with Measures on conditions and criteria for election to the academic title. »

Invitation to citizens for a public performance in defence of independence of public service RTCG

We will gather in front of Parliament of Montenegro in Podgorica on 27 December at 11h30 in protest against attacks and pressures on independence of RTCG.

We invite you to stand in defence of reforms that have started on Television of Montenegro – first steps in the editorial independence of news programme.

State of Montenegro, citizens of Montenegro deserve a good and fair public service.

For years we have been paying the public service RTCG, whilst having a biased and party TV.

Majority of members of Council of RTCG has managed to initiate a process of changes in previous two years and open up space for governance and editing of RTCG to be in a more objective manner.

Since September 2017, DPS via Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC) and majority in the Administrative Committee of Parliament of Montenegro leads proceedings for dismissal of unsuitable members of the Council and appointing suitable ones.

An attempt of appointing yesterday’s official of DPS, Slobo Pajovic, to the Council is also ongoing.

Final blow is being prepared in the form of dismissal of Goran Djurovic, one of initiators of transformation of RTCG into a true public service.

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Screenings from Festival «Fast Forward 2017» even after official festival days

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) yesterday, in the premises of PI Daycare for children and youth with disabilities and difficulties in development in Berane, in cooperation with Municipality of Berane, has organized a screening of film, Life Animated, by US director and awardwinner of a prestigious film award Oscar Roger Ross Williams, which was attended by parents of Daycare Centre users as well as employees of the same. Representatives of CCE have, on this occasion, delivered New Year’s packages to the users of Daycare Centre. 

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Director of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival, Milos Knezevic, thanked the Daycare Centre for initiative for this screening to be held, as well as the Municipality of Berane, that has thus promoted an idea of FAST FORWARD Festival even after official festival days. ‘Director is introducing us all with autism through prism of an autistic boy Owen and his family, but also manages to dismantle borders, stereotypes and prejudices in understanding of this ever so actual problem. Therefore, we are rather pleased that this film was screened precisely today in the Daycare Centre’, concluded Knezevic.

Life Animated follows a true story about a child Owen Suskind who at three years old suddenly stopped talking and retreated into a place inside his own head. To the despair of his parents, Owen has been diagnosed with autism. Hower, boy’s father, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, has no attention of giving up that easily. Noticing that his son is mesmerized by Disney films, he decided to attempt to communicate with his son through characters and quotes from films like Aladdin, Dumbo, and Hercules, among others. Soon Owen was able to express himself through memorized lines and situations from the animated movies he loved, and after several years of silence was finally connecting again with his family. Director Roger Ross Williams has received a Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival for this film, and is an awardwinner of numerous audience awards on festival throughout the world.

CCE has, from 10 to 16 December 2017, organized VIII FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2017, with a central programme in Podgorica in PI CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’ from 10 to 14 December, and accompanying editions in Berane 11 and 12 December in Centre for Culture and in Kotor from 15 to 16 December in Cinema ‘Boka’.

FAST FORWARD 2017 has been conducted with the support of Commission for Allocation of Part of Revenues from Games of Chance of Government of Montenegro, Canadian Embassy, foundation Heinrich Böll, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Israel, Embassy of USA, as well as companies Metropolis, Studio Mouse, Post of Montenegro, PG Taxi and Compania de Vinos Montenegro. Partners of the Festival are PI CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’, BELDOCS, Sarajevo Film festival, CC ‘Nikola Djurkovic’ from Kotor, Municipality of Kotor, Municipality of Berane and Centre for Culture of Berane, while media sponsors are public service RTCG (TV and portal) and Vijesti (newspapers and portal).

Bojana Tomic, project assistant