The Alliance for Serbia (SzS) proposed to organisers of the talks of the opposition and ruling parties scheduled for this Monday to include in agenda a document that stipulates changes in the RTS public broadcaster and the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM).
The changes would go through the parliamentary procedure and be implemented by September 15 but if the proposal is not accepted, the SzS said, a boycott of elections should follow.
“If the authorities accept that, then it makes sense to resume the talks and negotiations on remaining conditions for free elections,” said the opposition bloc. If the proposal is rejected, the time has come to declare the boycott of the next parliamentary elections, the SzS added.
The matter of free media is not limited to 45 days while the election cycle lasts, the opposition bloc stressed, but it is the matter of media freedoms between two election cycles “when a total media darkness rules Serbia.”
“If the government is not ready to accept one such deal tomorrow, it means they don’t want any agreement at all, they especially don’t want to change anything in the sphere of media which is the key prerequisite for fair elections,” they added.
The SzS bloc noted that the current form of talks does not lead to the opposition’s demands and the demands of the ‘1 in 5 million’ protest organisers. This dialogue does not mean obligatory direct talks between the authorities and opposition, and the agenda does not include the recommendations or conclusions of the ‘1 in 5 million’ protest’s team of experts.