Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a Reporters Without Borders delegation that the media situation in Serbia is far from ideal but added that state bodies are prepared to work with European institutions, media organizations and NGOs to improve conditions for the media.
A statement from the president’s cabinet said that he told the delegation that the national Media Strategy is the most important strategic document in the media field whose aim is to set the basic goals and pave the way for media reforms.
The statement said that the meeting concluded that the media situation is polarized and that the Media Strategy and laws have to be implemented to regulate the situation.
Vucic is quoted as saying that freedom of the media and speech are protected under the constitution and by law.
They also discussed the attacks on Zig Info portal journalist Milan Jovanovic and the investigations into the murders of several journalists with the president saying that there is a high level of awareness that those cases have to be solved.
Vucic said that Serbia is interested in signing the International Declaration of Informations and Democracy initiated by the Reporters without Frontiers. “Serbia supports the principles in that declaration and we believe that it would contribute to improving the media situation and overall democratic processes in the country, “ he said.