No changes in N1 reporting and work, REM member says

NEWS 03.11.2020 10:57
Source: N1

Slobodan Cvejic, a member of Serbia's electronic media watchdog, told N1 on Tuesday that a new report by the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) would be the same as in 2016, "since legally nothing has changed in N1 reporting and work."

„The same will be done as in 2016. The already existing documents that the relevant institutions have will again be asked for. Legally, nothing has changed. I don’t see that anything has changed in the way N1 reports and works and that will probably be the same report as one from 2016,“ Cvejic said.

N1 on Monday reminded the REM Council that N1 TV provides media services under a license from the regulatory body of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for electronic media. The holder of that license is Adria News S.a.r.l. of Luxembourg. The grounds to provide N1 TV media services in Serbia is the European Convention on Transfrontier Television which has been a part of the legal order of Serbia for a full decade as well as the Law on Electronic Media which guarantees freedom of reception and re-broadcasting which the REM determined was the case several years ago.

Instead of clearly stating these facts, the REM Council, under pressure from the Kurir tabloid, asked the competent state bodies a question that it already has the answer to.

The REM adopted the final report on the monitoring of media service providers during the campaign for the 2020 parliamentary, provincial and local elections at its 221st session on November 2 but failed to adopt draft rules on broadcasting times for reality programs leaving them to go on the air as they have to date.

„The Council was split with four members for and four against. The division between the Council’s members has usually been seen as the split among new and old members, but one of the new people joined the old colleagues and voted with them. The old members understandingly remained consistent. The REM arguments were it had enough legal jurisdiction, while the four of us argued the rules were five years old and that the acting was zero,“ Cvejic told N1 on Tuesday.

However, he added, the Council’s members decided to act upon the existing documents.
„The data are largely relevant, which can be seen in the tables after a broad measurement. They show how things stand with some shortcomings. We proposed a revision to improve them, but unsuccessfully. Some indicators create false data, a phantom indicator of total broadcast time, which is absurd because all public services and private broadcasters are monitored, but not all cable channels and therefore that analysis is partial and should not be presented because you create confusion that some data is accurate. The rest is quite precise and says that there is a division of the media,“ Cvejic said.