Media professionals say that the issue of the distribution of N1 TV channel is not exclusively the issue between the United Media and Telekom Srbija, but that the politics are behind it since the people in the country are deprived of watching the TV where different views are aired.
The United Media has said that for the last five years N1 TV has been the first choice of the audience during all critical events in Serbia and the region and that timely and truthful reporting is in the public interest.
"Every voice will surely be shut… So, no one will be able to watch N1. And that will become stronger when the campaign (for the general elections in April) starts ," Bilajan Stepanovic, the editor of Nova Ekonomija magazine, has told N1.
She added that "it is the problem in this society – a different opinion is quashed in every possible way. We are now supposed to talk about whether people in Serbia should watch N1 TV and see what we are writing about."
Filip Svarm, the NIN weekly editor, believes it is another way of muzzling the independent media.
"I have a feeling that the regime is entering a phase in which it wants to stop absolutely everything. To further limit these few unbiased media that exist. The authorities in Serbia believe they are the only owner of the truth and information and that every discussion and every opinion in Serbia must be shaped to suit the (ruling Serbian Progressive Party led by the head of state Aleksandar Vucic) SNS," Svarm told N1.