The Serbian parliament has launched proceedings to elect two new members of the country’s electronic media watchdog following the resignations of two members.
The Culture and Information Committee started the process of electing two new members of Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) after Goran Pekovic and Djordje Vozarevic resigned from the REM Council.
Under the law, the new members will be proposed by a committee of the Vojvodina Assembly, the Association of Electronic Media Publishers and Serbian journalists’ associations. Members of the REM Council are elected for a five year term and can serve two terms.
Committee member Djordje Vukadinovic MP recalled that the resignations were expected after an agreement was reached about the REM in the dialogue between the authorities and opposition under European Parliament mediation. He warned that the resignations show that the REM members were susceptible to political pressure which means they were not independent. His claim that the two were pressured into resigning was denied by ruling coalition MP Snezana Paunovic (Socialist Party of Serbia – SPS).
The invitation to propose new REM Council members will be published on the Parliament web site, in the Official Gazette and in the press.