Authors: Mira Popović, Damir Nikočević, Vasilije Radulović
Publishing year: 2021
This research of various forms of money transfers from public funds to the media was conducted from the beginning of July 2020 to the end of March 2021 and included 605 public bodies, organizations, institutions and companies. The research team of CCE tried to include all public bodies, at the local and national level, that are bound by the Law on Free Access to Information, along with some that are not bound by it, but that receive a significant part of their funds from public funds.
Monitoring the flow of money from public funds to the media is part of CCE’s multi-year efforts to contribute to the establishment of an environment that provides equal chances for all media. Based on the findings of CCE, as well as formulated proposals, the new Law on Media has settled this issue solidly, and CCE will monitor the application of those provisions in the coming period.
The report includes data collected based on responses to requests for free access to information, as well as from available documents of competent authorities for the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019. It is about the transfer of public funds by public bodies, or those who are significant budget beneficiaries, to the media and related entities for the provision of various services, as well as on other grounds.
Report is part of the project ’Media for Me’ implemented by the CCE with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Balkan Democracy Fund of the German Marshall Fund (BTD).