Ivica Dacic, Serbia’s Foreign Minister, said he signed the access to the Global Coalition for Media Freedom on behalf of Belgrade, which, according to him, would create a global framework for the defence of journalists and against the impunity of those who attacked them, the news agency reported on Friday.
He added that it would also create an institutional framework for those who had objections.
The participants to the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London adopted a joint statement obliging themselves to work together to protect media freedom and support the development of diverse and independent media which worked in public interest.
The joint statement said that “media freedom faces growing threats around the world. Journalists and media organisations are increasingly confronted in their vital work by restrictive laws, punitive legal measures, and physical violence. Too often, whether they work with traditional media or on digital platforms, they pay for their commitment with their liberty or their lives.
Media freedom is an integral element of global security and prosperity. People need free media to provide them with accurate information and informed analysis if governments are to be held to account."
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“It’s important that Serbia is among 20 countries which signed the statement so that we remove doubts some (other countries) had, believing Serbia won’t sign it,” Dacic said.
He added he did not understand the signing of the petition against President Aleksandar Vucic’s article published in the Politika daily, because “everyone has the right to own political opinion.”
“I haven’t seen them upset by anything else like by this article. It hit in the essence of the problem since there is a kind of self-declared quasi-elite,” Dacic added.