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Broadcast Agency Council appoints ninth member

 

BELGRADE, April 25, 2003 – The eight appointed members of the Broadcast Agency Council yesterday elected the Council’s ninth member by secret ballot.  The Council rules stipulate that the ninth member should live and work permanently in Kosovo.

The new member is Goran Radenovic, described in his curriculum vitae as a lawyer from Kosovo.  Radenovic was born in the Kosovo town of Pec, but does not live in the province.

Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic said today that little is known about the new member, apart from the fact that he does not live in Lipljan, the registration place of the company he works for.

According to information given to media after yesterday’s session of the Council, Goran Radenovic worked as a production manager, marketing director and producer of news programs at Radio Pristina from 1989 to 1999 and is now employed in the marketing department of the company NBV in Lipljan.

His nomination came as a surprise to Kosovo Serb leaders.  Ivanovic, who is a senior official of the Serb Return coalition, said he had been unable to obtain any information about Radenovic and was curious as to who nominated him.

Sources in Montenegro say that Radenovic fled Kosovo for Montenegro in 1999, where he was appointed marketing director of TV Elmag.  Shortly afterwards he moved to the marketing department of TV Pink Montenegro and was also working until two months ago with Podgorica daily Publika.

Two other candidates were nominated for the ninth position on the board.  Journalist Ljubisa Popovic, long-time Kosovo correspondent for Belgrade weekly NIN was nominated by Kosovo MP Rada Trajkovic.  Nikola Kabasic, a journalist with the SRNA news agency was nominated by the Return Coalition.

 

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DOCUMENTS

Media situation in Serbia, May 2003

Invitation to dialogue between government and media

Full text of the demand to replace two members of the Broadcast Agency Council

 


ANALYSIS

Srecko Mihajlovic: Lost in advance: the battle against pubic

Does the law not matter?

IFJ Warns of “Damage to Integrity of Broadcasting Law”

SEEMO Concerned over Press Freedoms in Serbia

 
FORUM

OSCE urges new election for broadcast monitoring body

CPJ concerned about government harrassment of the press

IPI Serbia Alert

RWB Call for re-election of council

OSCE urges transparency in media appointments

ANEM: repeat Broadcast Council election

NGOs shun Broadcast Council debate

EC Charge d’Affaires: Cause for concern

US Ambassador Extremely Disappointed at Status of Media

Verena Taylor: Legal procedure was not respected

OSCE Chairman: Laws may never be broken

Head of OSCE Mission: (1) “Aware of certain criticism”

Dimitrijevic: Against flouting of law in name of public interest

Head of OSCE Mission: (2) The law was broken in the Broadcasting Council’s constituting

Andric: Decision will stand

Milivojevic: If there is suspicion about autonomy form outset, Council will not be able to operate.

Veljanovski: There is deliberate negative pressure from the authorities.

Lucic-Cavic: Angry that candidate of professional associations, one of our greatest media experts, won’t be sitting on the Council

Matic: Not only an issue for our profession, it is a problem for the entire society

Lucic-Cavic: We could have survived another month

Milenkovic: Will broadcasters follow Parliament’s suit in breaching law?

Radulovic: Guiding principle was bad

Zink: Govt and parliament should consider grounds and response


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