of establishing the Broadcast Agency Council
A task force of media consultants and lawyers
begins drafting the Broadcast Act in consultation
with the Council of Europe and OSCE.
The Serbian government receives the draft Broadcast
Act (seventh version)
Broadcast Act adopted.
All parties authorised to nominate candidates for
the Broadcast Council, apart from the parliament and
the government, submit nominations within the legal
deadline (45 days after the law takes affect)
While Serbia is under martial law, the Serbian government
announces the nomination of Nenad Cekic. The parliament,
after a public outcry, withdraws its nomination of
Zoran Petrovic, a former dean of the Belgrade University
Electrical Engineering Faculty who had collaborated
with the Milosevic regime in the purge of the universities
and ordered the beating of students. On April 11,
the parliament announces the nomination of Vladimir
Despite the stipulation in the Broadcast Act that
the election may not be held until thirty days after
the public announcement of nominations, the Parliament
on April 11 elects eight members of the Council, clearly
violating the law in the case of Cekic and Cvetkovic.
On April 16, the Independent Association of Serbian
Journalists, Spektar and ANEM demand the dismissal
of the disputed members of the Council.
On April 24 2003, eight members of the Council are
elected by majority vote.
Goran Radenovic is proposed as the ninth member.
On the same day, sixteen media editors from Belgrade
invite the authorities to a dialogue in order to resolve
differences and conflicts which had arisen under the
state of emergency.
The issue of the illegal appointment of the disputed
councillors is not resolved on this occasion.