Wednesday, 30 September 2015
At PACE September Session Vesna Marjanovic Elected Rapporteur on New Methods of Political Influence over Independent Journalism
At the September session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP Vesna Marjanovic was elected rapporteur on “New methods of political influence over independent journalism”.
Economic pressures upon media have determined their unwillingness to report about matters of public concern. In some member states of the Council of Europe, editors and leading journalists have been replaced because of pressure exerted by political parties or government members. The current situation challenges media freedom, which is a necessary condition for democracy, says the rationale of the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media.
Therefore, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe should analyse this situation and work on a report which could point to possible stronger safeguards for journalists and their work today.
13.00 - press conference of MPs Sasa Radulovic, Branka Stamenkovic and Vojin Biljic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)