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Wife blows the whistle on broadcast lies


BELGRADE, Monday 12 May 2003 – The wife of Broadcast Agency Council nominee Goran Radenovic alleged today that her husband had lied in support of his candidacy for the Council.

Radenovic was proposed as the ninth member of the Council, a position reserved by law for a councillor who lives and works permanently in Kosovo.

His election caused an outcry from Kosovo Serb political leaders who said they knew nothing about him nor did they know who had nominated him.

Ivanka Radenovic today showed B92 a marriage certificate proving that she is Radenovic’s wife.

She also produced his official academic record from Belgrade University, showing that he had not completed a law degree, as claimed in the curriculum vitae attached to his nomination.

Mrs Radenovic also denied that her husband lived in the Kosovo town of Gracanica.

“I also want to deny that I, his legal wife, am pregnant and that this is the reason he is dividing his time between Gracanica and Podgorica. The gentleman lives in Podgorica and I have not lived in Podgorica since October 1, 2001.

“Mr Radenovic has been registered with the Refugee Commission here in Belgrade as a displaced person since April 8, 2001.

“He lives and works in Podgorica and at present works, as far as I know, for a company called Pink Television. He claims that he works as an advisor for the company.

“I have no knowledge of the capacity in which he works, but I do know that he is not permanently employed by them because he has no work permit: he has lost it.

“As he himself says, his official employer is at present the company MBV,” said Ivanka Radenovic.

In addition to her marriage certificate and her husband’s academic record, Mrs Radenovic today also produced Goran Radenovic’s personal identification papers, which describe him as a refugee from Kosovo residing in Belgrade.


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Chronology of events



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



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


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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