The Serbian Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) has elected one of its founders to head the organization for the next four years, the FoNet news agency reported on Wednesday.
ANEM founder and its first President (1993-2003) Veran Matic said he wants the organization to offer support and initiate projects. “My ambition is for ANEM to support its members and initiative new projects, new ideas and new forms of reporting and media investigating in the widest sense of the word. Practically, it is an upgraded version, something like an ANEM 2.0,” Matic said after his election.
He said ANEM 2.0 would focus on strategic fields – production and the distribution of media content, educating media producers and audiences, stimulating partnership with state institutions, the economy, NGOs and international organizations and financing and monetizing media content.“The media scene is increasingly migrating online,” he said.
He added that efforts will be invested to include NGOs, foundations, advocates of free speech in ANEM with special attention devoted to combating hate speech and violence against journalists, media staff, elected politicians and anyone else on the public scene.
Matic was CEO of the B92 radio station in the 1990s which was viewed as one of the bastions of opposition to the Milosevic regime. He now heads the B92 Foudnation and a commission investigating the murders of journalists. He was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award, World Press Freedom Hero award and the French Legion of Honor.