Montenegro has promised to stop the «pollution of the media landscape» of the country

© RIA Novosti / barbarian Gertaera in photobacteria. Archival photoMontenegro has promised to stop the «pollution of the media landscape» of the country© RIA Novosti / barbarian Gertaera the image Bank

Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, speaking at a conference on mass media under the auspices of the OSCE, promised to stop polluting the media environment in the country and the «war in the media against Montenegro.»

International conference on stability of media and successful media business models under the auspices of the OSCE was held on Tuesday in Podgorica.

«Our partners in the international community declare that freedom of media and safety of journalists are not a condition for the accession of Montenegro to the EU! No, it is a moral and democratic obligation of the Montenegrin authorities, which we will follow out in fact, even if you never become a member of the EU!», — quotes a press-service of the government statement of Markovic.

«In Montenegro we had an extremely liberal policy towards the media from other countries. We opened the media space with virtually no restrictions. It turned out that many of these saucily abused and used our openness for the conduct of these medieval against Montenegro, its state policy and national interests,» — said Markovic.

The Prime Minister said about the alleged cases of the use of false news, biased opinions of analysts and platforms in the media «for propaganda against Montenegro.»

«This contamination of our media we will soon end!», — said the Montenegrin Prime Minister.

Earlier, the authorities in Podgorica have been criticized from Brussels to the lack of provision of media freedom.

In may, Commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn visited Montenegro unknown wounded from a gun journalist Lakić, Oliver and the editors of its Newspapers Vijesti and demanded that the Montenegrin authorities investigate the attack.

The European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg at the end of June confirmed the decision of the Montenegrin court, according to which the journalist Zeljko Ivanovic and his publishing house has to pay 10 thousand euros in compensation for moral damage to President Milo Djukanovic. Ivanovic is a journalist and Executive Director of the influential newspaper Vijesti, which belongs to the publisher of the Daily Press.

In September 2007 he in Podgorica was attacked by three unidentified persons and was severely beaten. In the ensuing series of articles in the newspaper Vijesti, the then Prime Minister, current President of Montenegro was considered as a possible customer of an attack.

The most famous attack on journalists in Montenegro took place on 27 may 2004, when the editorial office in Podgorica was shot from a gun owner and editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Dan, Dusko Jovanovic. The investigation and trial the age of 14 can set the masterminds and perpetrators. The only convict in the case, Damir Mandic received 19 years in prison for complicity in the murder.

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