12 Apr 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 12 Nov 2015 Serbia
Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug
On 4 November 2015, the Serbian Ministry of Culture, responsible for media, announced the Government decision to close the national news agency Tanjug, following the expiration of the deadline for privatisation of the agency (set for 31 October 2015). The decision followed the adoption of the Law on privatisation of news agencies in Serbia last August and the launch of two unsuccessful calls for action. Professional organisations of Serbian journalists (NUNS, UNS, SINOS) hold responsible the Serbian Government and the Steering Board of the Nove Telegrafska Agencija Jugoslavije (Telegraph Agency of the New Yugoslavia) for the lack of preparation of the privatisation plan and poor management of the Agency. The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) calls on the Government to review the case in order to avoid the definitive closing down of the Agency known worldwide. The abrupt closure of Tanjug and the ongoing process of privatising Serbian mass media undermines media pluralism and generates a climate of social insecurity, pushing journalists into self-censorship. Indeed, by 31 October 2015, 36 of the 73 Serbian public mass media have been bought by new owners. The other 37 will be closed or privatised as part of a transfer of capital to the employees.
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