Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today, within the framework of project ’SPINoFACT 3 – political advertising between spin and facts’, presented final findings of monitoring of media campaign for local elections in Podgorica which were held on 27 May 2018.
Announced discussion on initiative for dismissal of Director General of RTCG, Andrijana Kadija, re-confirms the intention of DPS to return RTCG under its absolute control, and halt its transformation into public service, despite warnings from European Union.
We remind that systemic, continuous and so far unheard-of attacks on RTCG started with unlawful dismissals of two members of the Council, Goran Djurovic and Nikola Vukcevic, in December last year. Illegal dismissals of two members of the Council, which were technically carried out by the Administrative Committee, led by MPs of DPS, Ljuidj Skrelja and Marta Scepanovic, have clearly demonstrated that DPS chooses no means to ‘cleanse’ the RTCG from those who are disobedient to them and re-convert this media into a party bulletin. For this purpose, individuals have been installed in the Council who are direct executors of orders from the authorities with a translucent tactic of multi-month undermining of the management authority, interfering the RTCG functioning and, ultimately voting for dismissal of Director General.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has submitted an initiative to the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC) seeking initiation of a proceeding against 24 MPs and one mayor who have not, in line with the Law on Prevention of Corruption, reported accurate and full information in reports on income and assets.
At the end of 2017, media have published that MPs of the ruling coalition have gained, according to the decision signed by Secretary General of Parliament of Montenegro, the so called variable i.e. addition on salary. At the beginning of 2018, when submission and processing of reports on income and assets has been completed, media have also pointed out that a number of these MPs has not duly reported the said addition to the salary.
Tracing this information and by detailed insight into available reports on incomes and property of public officials for 2017, CCE has ascertained that the following MPs have not submitted information on the said variable: Branimir Gvozdenovic, Miodrag Radunovic, Obrad Stanisic, Andrija Nikolic, Mirsad Muric, Ana Nikolic, Maja Bakrac, Predrag Sekulic, Zeljko Aprcovic, Bogdan Fatic, Branko Cavor, Filip Vukovic, Nikola Rakocevic, Milorad Vuletic, Jovanka Lalicic, Radule Novovic, Danijel Zivkovic, Momcilo Martinovic, Andrija Popovic, Ervin Ibrahimovic, Nedzad Dresevic, Mico Orlandic, Genci Nimanbegu and Adrijan Vuksanovic. Additionally, the then MP and now President of Municipality of Bijelo Polje Petar Smolovic, apart from not reporting the said addition to the salary, has not either reported the change of function to the APC, to which he is obligated by the Law on Prevention of Corruption.
‘Media that gravitate between reality shows and propaganda are the key heralds of fake news. Although in basis these aim to discredit those who are critically oriented towards holders of powers and decision makers, the whole society suffers consequences and is in such manner being long-lastingly contaminated and democratically eroded’, assessed Executive Director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarevic.
Murder of CeO and Editor-in-Chief of daily ‘Dan’ Dusko Jovanovic even after 14 years was not entirely resolved. This crime remains also as warning of the extent of capture of state institutions by political influence which limits their professional and responsible work in the public interest.
Unfortunately, journalists are even in 2018 targets of brutal attacks, and state organs do not show commitment to ensure protection of journalists and to secure conditions for development of media freedom, especially in part of those media which have critical relation towards decision makers.
It is unacceptable and devastating that even after 14 years we do not know who ordered the murder of Dusko Jovanovic, and who and in which manner has participated in this crime, but there is also no responsibility for inefficient conduct of investigation. The best confirmation that this case has never adequately been processed is also a fact that direct perpetrators remained unidentified after so many years and that they still are at large.