The Association of Serbia’s Journalists (UNS) said on Friday that Belgrade city authorities co-financed the newspapers which “drastically” violated journalists’ code with some 230,000 Euros in the first half of 2019, the Beta news agency reported.
The money went to the tabloids and websites Alo, Srpski Telegraf, Informer and Srbija Danas. The Press Council’s monitoring recorded 3,000 breaches of the code by those media outlets.
Besides, local ePodunavlje, eVrsac ad ePancevo received over 80,000 Euros though they did not prove the projects they received money for last year, UNS said.
It added that the City of Belgrade competition for media co-financing was an extreme example since the tabloids received a total of over 106,000 Euros this year, prompting UNS to reject the sum allocated to it.
“The book of rules on co-financing media projects says the commissions have to take into account whether the previously granted money for projects was justified and whether the co-financed media breached the journalists’ code,” UNS said.