At the EU Info Center conference, which was held on 04.19.2017, the EU Ambassador to Montenegro, Aivo Orav recalled the importance which the EU attributes to the freedom of media and expression, while stressing that this is the basic principle of every free society, but also the key indicator of a country’s readiness to become the part of the European Union.
According to him, all the media in Montenegro should be in a position to freely report and to choose their own editorial policy. He also said that he hopes that the Program for Professionalization of the Media in Montenegro will improve conditions for quality journalism.
The project beneficiaries are Radio Television of Montenegro (RTCG) in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Television “Vijesti” in collaboration with the Network for Affirmation of NGO Sector (MANS), the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) in cooperation with TV “Prva”, and Center for Investigative Reporting in Montenegro (CIN-CG) in cooperation with the Balkan network for Investigative Reporting (BIRN).
Project Manager of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), Marija Vuksanovic, explained that, together with the TV “Prva”, CEDEM is implementing the project "Strengthening the role of the media in fostering the criminal justice system in Montenegro".
“Our project has a thematic specificity, because we are going to deal with the criminal justice, organized crime and corruption, and we are going to try to bring closer these issues to the citizens”, Vuksanovic explained.
She said that within the next 18 months CEDEM and TV “Prva” are going to try to build capacities, primarily of the representatives of local media with the implementation of standards and ethical guidelines in relation to reporting in the area of criminal justice system.
Vuksanović said: “At the same time, we are going to try to inform citizens of what they shall expect from a responsible and professional journalist”, while stating that the aim of the project is also to affirm the cooperation between NGOs and media, as well as to involve citizens in reporting on the criminal justice system.
She also added that the project will be implemented through the broadcasting of five documentaries, which will be screened starting from September of this year and will contribute to greater visibility and understanding of this topic.