Minister: Media "should not manipulate tragedies"

Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac said on Tuesday that "the media should not manipulate tragedies."

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"I don't comment on it at all. I think human tragedies should not be manipulated and that it is something that is a question of responsibility," said Tasovac, when asked to comment on media coverage of the recent disappearance and death of a 12-year-old boy.

Journalist associations on Tuesday called on the media to abide by ethical standards and the Code of Journalists of Serbia when reporting on tragic events which affect not only individuals and their families, but the entire society.

The Association of Journalists of Serbia reacted to many media outlets running stories about the underage brother of the boy.

The Independent Association of Serbian Journalists condemned the media who speculated about the parents' involvement in the boy's alleged kidnapping.

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