The Serbian Journalists’ Association (UNS) said on Thursday that the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) was not going to impose sanctions on the pro-government TV Pink for quasi-medical advice on combating the coronavirus by station owner Zeljko Mitrovic.
Mitrovic made videos of himself during what he called ozone blood therapy which he claimed would cure COVID-19.
UNS said that the REM Council decided not to take any action against TV Pink and its owner in a meeting which Council member Slobodan Cvejic said was “stormy”.
An UNS press release said that Mitrovic brought a man he said was a doctor to the meeting to confirm that his ozone therapy works. The alleged doctor left when when Cvejic threatened to walk out, it added.
Cvejic told the UNS that he believes that the owner of a media outlet should not be using it to show himself getting some kind of therapy which has not been officially recognized in Serbia.
Fellow REM Council member Visnja Arandjelovic claimed that Mitrovic broke no laws, that there was no quackery on TV Pink and that viewers had not been deceived.
The REM Council is a body that is supposed to be independent but is alleged to be under the control of the authorities.