Over 5,000 violations of Journalist's Code in Serbia in second half of 2019

Over 5,000 violations of Journalist's Code in Serbia in second half of 2019

Over 5,000 violations of Journalist's Code in Serbia in second half of 2019 Izvor: N1

Serbia's Press Council said on Wednesday that in the second half of last year there were 5,057 breaches of the Journalist's Code of Ethics in the country's print media, adding the trend was increasing, the Beta news agency reported.

 "The tabloid Alo! tops this infamous list," Petar Jeremic, a journalist, said, adding it was followed by other tabloids like Kurir, Srpski Telegraf, Informer, Blic, Vecernje Novosti, while the number of violations in Politika and Danas dailies was "insignificant."

Tamara Skrozza, a member of the Press Council' s Complaint Commission, said the presumption of innocence had been regularly violated which led to "a person convicted in advance" by media was freed in judicial proceedings.

According to her, when the initials of a person were published, they were often followed by other data – like a house, company, neighbours' statements - which pointed at that person's identity, what was illegal.

Skrozza said that there was an increased number of articles in which some unfounded assumptions were presented as facts by unanimous sources, what was the most obvious during "a show-down on the political scene."    

She added that it wasn't rare that a headline did not correspond with the article's content, or that commercial adds were not marked as such.

The Council said there were fewer complaints than violations since people hesitated to report them either because they feared more confrontation with that media or because of the lack of sanctions.

"Some media often don't publish our decision," Gordana Novakovic, the Press Council's Secretary-General, said.    

Comments (0)

Comment sent successfully.

Comment sending failed.

Invalid CAPTCHA

* All fields are required

READ MORE

NEWS

NEWS

New 44 confirmed infected with COVID-19 in Serbia, three more died 15:27 h

15:27 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

EU secures 38 million Euro in aid to Western Balkans 14:25 h

14:25 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Two more coronavirus patients die in Serbia 13:09 h

13:09 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Group quarantined in Belgrade rebels 12:59 h

12:59 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Chinese doctor says early discovery crucial to combat pandemic 11:37 h

11:37 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Nine Serbian soldiers infected with coronavirus 10:52 h

10:52 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Vucic: 24 hour curfew unless public behavior changes 08:55 h

08:55 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

DefMin invites offers to gauge minister’s ratings 08:37 h

08:37 h  |  NEWS

loader