REM bans SNS promotional video with Serbia’s Vucic and little girl

REM bans SNS promotional video with Serbia’s Vucic and little girl

REM bans SNS promotional video with Serbia’s Vucic and little girl Izvor: N1

Serbia’s Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) Council banned on Monday the controversial promotional video showing President Aleksandar Vucic and a minor talking about his ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) plans, a Body’s member Judita Popovic told the Insajder independent production network, N1 reported.

In the video, Vucic asked the girl about new roads, kindergartens and schools, and whether she wanted him to get her father back from Germany where he worked.

REM ordered the media to stop airing the SNS video within the next 24 hours.

N1 TV had earlier asked REM to rule on the video urgently, and over 400 educators protested over the video.  Many NGOs also protest against the video.

The Ombudsman launched a procedure of the legality and regularity of the Body’s work.

 Vucic earlier said his party would honour the decision by the respective institutions, but asked why the video should be banned?

"The abuse of children? They (the opposition parties) had children in almost all promotional videos… It’s important to have parents’ permit.”

He added the decision to ban his video clip would be strange, “because it would be the first time in the world, and certainly in Serbia.”

The Book of Rules on the protection of minors in media “is clear and bans the use of children in political activities regardless of their parents’ agreement,” Visnja Arandjelovic, a REM member said.    

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