Appeal for the protection of news portal publishers in Montenegro

We express our deepest solidarity with the persecuted journalists in Montenegro and, once again, we ask you to oppose, to the best of your ability, the repression in Montenegro

Gojko Raičević (Photo: Pečat)

Dear Sirs,

We urge you, within the framework of your authority, to commit yourself to the protection of freedom of public expression in Montenegro, and we ask you in particular to put an end to police and judicial persecution of the information portals publishers in Montenegro.

In the last two weeks, the editor-in-chief of the FOS media portal, Anđelka Đikanović, was arrested on January 5, 2020, and a week later, the editors of the websites IN4S Gojko Raičević and Dražen Živković of Borba.me were also arrested. They were all detained for allegedly spreading false news and „causing panic in public“, and once released, the Public Prosecutor’s Office continued to press charges against them in Montenegrin courts.

Dražen Živković i Gojko Raičević (Photo: in4s.net)

The complicity of the Police Directorate and the Prosecutor’s Office in Montenegro in the attempt to create a media editorial policy acceptable to the authorities goes beyond the brutal treatment of free media in our part of Europe. In Montenegro, the most respected journalists are arrested as dangerous criminals. According to an automatic mechanism, they are subject to detention, which is then followed by prosecution. It is no longer possible to speak of individual cases of suppression of freedom of thought and expression, but it is a systematic method of the Montenegrin authorities who, through police repression, want not only to discipline the media, but also to abuse the general professional and human dignity of the editors of critically oriented Internet portals.

We express our deepest solidarity with the persecuted journalists in Montenegro and, once again, we ask you to oppose, to the best of your ability, the repression in Montenegro. We cannot but note that the acts of repression against journalists came after a „warrant“ issued on November 19, 2019, by Judy Kuo, Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Montenegro, directly describing the IN4S and Borba.me portals as carriers of „disinformation and manipulation“. The fact that the order givers have revealed themselves does not in any way justify an amnesty for the direct executors in Montenegro.

Initiative Committee:

1. Asst. Prof. Dr Budimir Aleksić
2. Vesna Arsić, editor in chief of the bulletin SKC Ćirilica Belgrade
3. Milica Bakrač, writer
4. Academician Danilo Basta
5. Dr. Dušan J. Bastašić, editor in cheaf of the portal Jadovno 1941.
6. Bogdan Bespaljko, Member of the Council for Interethnic Relations under the President of Russia
7. Novak Bjelić, former CEO of Trepča
8. Ljiljana Bogdanović, magazine Pečat, Belgrade
9. Prof. Dr. Dragiša Bojović
10. Prof. Dr. Pavle Botić
11. Stefan Branisavljević, historian and journalist (Jordan Times)
12. Prof. Dr. Boris Bratina
13. Prof. Dr. Vesna Bratić
14. Dejan Spiridon Bulatović (Radio Svetigora)
15. Nikola Varagić (Stanje stvari)
16. Prof. Dr. Slobodan Vladušić
17. Nikola Vrzić, journalist (Pečat)
18. Dr. Stevan Gajić, research associate, Institute for European Studies
19. Ranko Gojković, correspondent of Ruska narodna linija and editor in chief of the website Sabornik srbsko-ruski
20. Dr. Vladimir Dimitrijević, professor
21. Dr. Dušan Dostanić, Institute for Political Studies
22. Prof. Dr. Jovan B. Dušanić
23. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Đikić, president of the Serbian national forum from Gračanica
24. Milorad Djošić, retired colonel-pilot (SKC Ćirilica Belgrade)
25. Dr. Miša Djurković, scientific advisor (columnist for the journal Politika)
26. Slobodan Erić, editor in chief of the magazine Geopolitika
27. Dr. Aleksandar Živković, executive editor of the portal Stanje stvari
28. Nikola N. Živković, publicist and translator
29. Dr. Miroslav Zdravković, editor of the portal Makroekonomija.org
30. Dejan Petar Zlatanović, editor of the portal Srbin.info
31. Vladan Ivković (Blog Srbist)
32. Dr. Slobodan Janković, research associate
33. Asst. Prof. Dr. Jovan Janjić
34. Nataša Jovanović, journalist (Pečat)
35. Dr. Vasilj Jovović, historian
36. Vesna Kapor, writer
37. Stefan Karganović, jurist and publicist
38. Prof. Dr. Zoran Kindjić
39. Prof. Dr. Miloš Ković
40. Dr. Goran Komar, physician and historian
41. Dobrana Komnenić, Sloboda (Chicago) and Serbian radio (USA)
42. Prof. Dr. Časlav Koprivica
43. Srdjan Krunić (Stanje stvari)
44. Aleksandar Lazić, editor in chief of the portal Stanje stvari
45. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Lipkovski
46. Prof. Dr. Georgios Nektarios Lois, University in Patras (Greece)
47. Svetlana Maksović, jurist and translator (Stanje stvari)
48. Stefan Mačkić, journalist (Frontal)
49. Nikola Malović, writer
50. Jovan Markuš, publicist
51. Vladimir Medenica, philosopher and publicist
52. Mihailo Medenica, journalist
53. Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Milanović
54. Nikola Milovančev, jurist and publicist
55. Miloš Milojević, deputy editor-in-chief of the portal Stanje stvari
56. Prof. Dr. Dejan Mirović
57. Asst. Prof. Dr. Kristina Mitić
58. Sergei Moiseyev, Social organization of Kharkiv Oblast „Trojedina Rus”
59. Želidrag Nikčević, writer
60. Alen Novalija, master of media studies
61. Prof. Dr. Slobodan Orlović
62. Academician Časlav Ocić
63. Prof. Dr. Marko Pavlović
64. Mile Perić (RTV Marš)
65. Jovan Pješčić, jurist (Stanje stvari)
66. Anton Polovenko, President of the social organization „Russian Black Sea“
67. Jasna Popović, librarian (Stanje stvari)
68. Ljiljana Popović, literary translator and essayist
69. Prof. Dr. Svetozar Poštić
70. Svetislav Pušonjić, writer and publicist
71. Milorad Ravasi, owner and editor of the Serbian radio (Chicago)
72. Dr. Mirjana Radojičić, Institute for political studies
73. Dr. Aleksandar Raković, historian
74. Sonja Rakočević, photo reporter (Stanje stvari)
75. Editorial staff of the Serbian literary newspaper (Srpski književni list)
76. Prof. Dr. Branislav Ristivojević
77. Kris Roman, president of the association Euro-Rus, Belgium
78. Prof. Dr. Slobodan Samardžić
79. Miloslav Samardžić, editor in chief of Pogled (Kragujevac)
80. Momčilo Selić, writer
81. Ana Selić, translator
82. Danijel Simić, writer and president of UG Frontal
83. Dmitrij Skvorcov, publicist, Kiev
84. Stan Smiljanić, editor of the portal Britic Magazine, Great Britain
85. Vojislav M. Stanojčić (Stanje stvari)
86. Anatoliy Stepanov, editor in chief of the Ruska narodna linija
87. Ljubomir Stefanović (Slavija info TV)
88. Milun Stijović, research associate at the Institute of History, Belgrade
89. Tatjana Stojanović, journalist (Eurasia Daily)
90. Nevenka Stojčević, journalist
91. Jelena Tasić, journalist (Danas)
92. Pavel Tihomirov, assistant of the editor in chief of Ruska narodna linija
93. Vojislav Todorović, writer
94. Prof. Mr. Mirko Toljić
95. Ana Tomašević, journalist (Radio Belgrade)
96. Dragana Trifković, director of the Center for geostrategic studies
97. Trifko Ćorović, founder and editor of the portal Slobodna Hercegovina
98. Asst. Prof. Dr. Anja Filimonova
99. Prof. Dr. Zoran Čvorović
100. Marko Šikuljak, editor of the portal Frontal
101. Prof. Dr. Marica Šljukić
102. Prof. Dr. Srđan Šljukić



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