28 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 27 Oct 2015 n° 86/2015 Montenegro
Police Used Teargas Against a Group of About 30 Journalists
On 24 October 2015, riot police in Montenegro fired teargas at a group of around 30 journalists covering a protest of the opposition in Podgorica. The police targeted journalists despite the fact that they had yellow vests with the 'press' emblem on them provided by the ministry of Interior. According to board members of the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (Sindikat medija Crne Gore, SMCG), the police deliberately threw massive amounts of tear gas at a group of about 30 journalists who had fled a little away from the parliament building. Several journalists were badly injured on 24 October 2015, one journalist has been burned by tear gas shells while some others were attacked by demonstrators. Stones were thrown at TV Pink M because demonstrators did not agree with the editorial policy of the media considered as to close to the government. In a written statement, the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro has strongly condemned the use of teargas against journalists. The statement also asks for an “internal investigation” into whether the police overextended their power.
30 Nov 2015
Montenegro Council for Civil Control of Police acting upon the complaint of the Union of media of Montenegro adopted its conclusions about police treatment towards a group of journalists after demonstrations in Podgorica on 24 October 2015.
- Letter of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression/UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
- News report by Televizija Vijesti
- Article by CDM: "Sindikat medija: Utvrditi da li je policija prekoračila ovlašćenja prema novinarima"
- Article on Mapping Media Freedom website: "Montenegro: Police fire teargas at journalists"
- Article on EFJ website: "Montenegro: Violence against journalists is unacceptable and dangerous"
28 Aug 2018
Reply from the Government of Montenegro
16 Nov 2015
Reply of the Ministry of Interior of the Goverment of Montenegro
Relevant CoE instruments Disclaimer
29 Feb 2016
Factsheet on media coverage of protests and demonstrations