Media watchdog chief on rapist interview: I see no problem

NEWS 03.10.2022 10:17
Source: N1

Commenting the daily Informer’s interview with serial rapist and repeat offender Igor Milosevic, Serbian electronic media watchdog (REM) head Olivera Zekic said she “really sees no problem and no reason for such hysteria,” the Beta agency reported.

“I really don’t get that hysteria that came from neoliberal Serbia, I don’t know what to call them. People, we live in the 21st century. Someone said ages ago that tears, blood and celebrities sell newspapers”, Zekic told the pro-regime Pink TV show Hit Tweet.

Zekic said that social networks first tracked the rapists’ movements after he was released from prison, following which the media took over and “created an arrest warrant”, and then there was “an exclusive story”.

“Because it definitely is an exclusive story, Informer got to this man before anyone else,” said Zekic.

She cited the examples of an interview with former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in which he explained in detail how his troops beat the Americans, and an interview with American serial killed and rapist Ted Bundy.

“Yes, he was in prison, but since that interview was conducted a day before his execution, for 30 years now it is considered socially useful in America,” said Zekic.

Zekic said that the REM has nothing to do with the interview with Milosevic because it first appeared in an electronic edition of a print media and then in a print media.

The pro-regime daily Informer last week interviewed convicted rapist Igor Milosevic who was released from prison recently after serving a 15 year sentence. Milosevic explained his motivations for rape in detail in the interview parts of which were published on the Informer’s web site.

A number of civil rights groups have been staging protests in front of the Informer offices in Belgrade over the interview.