European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister expressed concern over the lack of progress in terms of freedom of the media and of expression.
In his draft report on Serbia, McAllister warned that threats, violence and intimidation against journalists continue to be present in Serbia, adding that few sentences are handed down for attacks against journalists despite the fact that a number of cases have been solved and criminal charges filed.
McAllister called the Serbian authorities to file charges for attacks on media and fully implement media laws. He also wants to see the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media become more independent than it is now.
The European Parliament rapporteur welcomed efforts to adopt a national media strategy and create a pluralist media environment and stressed the importance of transparency of media ownership and financing.
Belgrade media reported that McAllister’s final report is expected to be debated by MEPs in the autumn.