Belgrade surprised by Twitter move; President can’t wait to be banned from it

NEWS 17.08.2021 12:26
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Source: TANJUG/MILOŠ MILIVOJEVIĆ

Serbia's Ministry of Culture and Information said on Tuesday it was surprised by Twitter's decision to label several country's pro-regime media as state-affiliated, including the two public broadcasters - RTS and RTV.

The Ministry added it did not go into what made „this multilingual site to go from exchanging opinions and freedom of speech, which they vow is their job, to censorship of certain media in our country.“

Later on Tuesday, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said that “in fact, it says all the best about those media,” Twitter mentioned

He added he couldn’t “wait to have his Twitter account shut down, to be another (former US President Donald) Trump in the world. To be clear that Taliban spokespersons have free access to that social network… I congratulate all the media which resist that obedient network and who spread liberal aspirations and ideas. I wish them much success.”

Vucic said that “we as a state don’t finance the most of those media” mentioned by Twitter.

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“They (US, UK) finance the Voice of America and BBC but don’t label them as pro-government media. What’s wrong with cooperating with the government. What should they do? Cooperate with thieves and those who robbed Serbia as some other media do,” Vucic said, adding the question was who was the real censor.

The Ministry earlier said labelling the media and their editors, no matter where it came from, was undesirable and did not lead to the democratic dialogue that we strive for.