MOVING TOWARDS A PROPER
SERVICE BROADCASTING IN YUGOSLAVIA
STRASBOURG, 08.12.2000 – On Sunday
10 December 2000, Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica is to open
a conference on the operation of the media in a democratic society,
jointly organised by the Council of Europe and ANEM (the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia’s network of independent radio/TV stations).The
conference will be held in Belgrade at the Intercontinental Hotel.
President Kostunica will be accompanied by Federal Telecommunications
Minister Boris Tadic, Federal Information Secretary Slobodan Orlic,
and Serbian Information Co-Minister Biserka Matic.
Yugoslav and Council of Europe experts will
be meeting from 10 to 12 December to identify what needs to be done
to transform the present state broadcaster (RTS) into a proper public
service. They will also be looking at the regulatory framework within
which private electronic media have to operate in the FRY.
Participants will focus on the allocation
of radio and television frequencies and licences, as well as on
the roles, organisation and financing of a public service. The morning
of Tuesday 12 December will be spent discussing recommendations
and conclusions on measures to be taken to achieve a transition
to a system of democratic electronic media in the FRY. Pierre-Henri
Imbert, the Council of Europe’s Director General of Human Rights,
will make the closing address to the conference.
The conference will be open to the press.
Contacts in Belgrade:
Mario Oetheimer, Council of Europe Programme
Mobile phone: +33/(0)6 72 75 42 64
Aleksandra Beric, Radio B2 92, Tel.:
+381 11 361 9228/9428