The Res Public Civic Activism Center has opened a Media Shelter in the Serbian city of Kragujevac, providing journalists a place to meet and debate, the Beta news agency reported.
“Journalists should close ranks, they have to support each other and cooperate. We used the term shelter because the situation facing the media in Kragujevac is hard, they are under great pressure and are economically exhausted,” Res Publica spokeswoman Marija Milosevic said, adding that the city authorities discriminate against some media. “The financial and professional conditions are not in place to work. We are fighting to change that,” she said. According to her, the Media Shelter is open to all local and other journalists and media sharing the same values – personal and professional integrity, freedom and accountability.
The opening of the shelter included a debate on solidarity among journalists whose participants were told that the local weekly Kragujevacke Novine was not published on Thursday for the first time in its 10 year history because of financial problems.
Res Publica said it had invited Kragujevac Mayor Radorim Nikolic (Serbian Progressive Party – SNS) to meet with local journalists at the Media Shelter on January 28.