Authorities should commit themselves to create environment for media freedom

On the occasion of 3 May – World Press Freedom Day, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) wants to congratulate all media, media associations and journalists on this day. The role of professional and responsible media in covering crisis situations, such as the COVID-19 epidemic, is of particular importance. Therefore, this date is an additional opportunity to reiterate numerous challenges faced by media and journalists, as well as recommendations for improvement of the current poor state of affairs.

The CCE recently published annual report on the state of affairs within the media field Media in Montenegro – between the stranglehold of power and the struggle for profession. Unfortunately, the key problems have already become chronic, and these refer to hard censorship i.e. cases of attacks on journalists and their impunity, soft censorship that jeopardizes the financial sustainability of the media, self-censorship, lack of implementation within the legislative framework and practice of self-regulation and regulation, as well as party take-over of the public broadcaster RTCG. These problems have been confirmed by the latest report of the Reporters Without Borders, according to which Montenegro continues its decline, and they have been also elaborated many times in the Montenegrin public. »

Pink truth of the AEM

The Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) reacted yesterday to an analysis of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), accusing the CCE of publicising ‘series of false and unfounded assessments of the AEM’s work’. Thereby, precisely, only three allegedly incorrect and unsubstantiated assessments are listed, which are all unfounded.

The first of our allegedly “untrue and unfounded” assessments, according to the reaction of AEM’s Public Relations and General Affairs Department, ‘is that two cable TV stations (Happy TV and Pink M), with headquarters in Serbia, are sanctioned because they have severely attacked the Montenegrin authorities in their programmes for passing the Law on Freedom of Religion and that it was the result of a direct political influence on AEM decisions’. »

Montenegro and the coronavirus – state of the nation in the first six weeks

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) published a report Montenegro and the coronavirus – the state of the nation in the first six weeks, which assesses institutional framework and practice, respect for human rights, position of the opposition, media and civil society, with a brief overview of certain issues related to independent institutions during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The CCE’s research team used publicly available sources, and for the qualitative insight, due to the inability to organize focus group during the pandemic, 10 interviews were conducted with representatives of non-governmental organizations, media, judiciary and health system. Views from those interviews were included in the report, with anonymizing interlocutors but with indication to which area of work s/he belongs. »

Media in Montenegro – between the stranglehold of power and the struggle for the profession

The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) published a report Media in Montenegro – between the stranglehold of power and the struggle for profession, which represents an annual review of the state of affairs within media field. The focus of the report is on key challanges of the Montenegrin media scene - from hard censorship which refers to cases of attacks on journalists and the manner of their processing, through media sustainability and their access to public fundsfunctionality of self-regulatory bodies and regulator, to the public broadcaster RTCG after unlawful change of managerial and editorial structures, with series of accompanying recommendations. »