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Serbia’s opposition to block all entries to state TV for eight hours on Friday

December 12, 2019

The Alliance for Serbia (SzS) said it would block all entries to the public broadcaster RTS from noon to 8 pm on Friday, the Alliance chairman Vuk Jeremic confirmed, while the Association of Serbia’s Journalists (UNS) asked SzS to give the idea up, the FoNet news agency reported.

Jeremic told reporters that SzS, activists and ordinary people would bloc RTS because “RTS has been blocking the truth for eight years.”

He listed some affairs involving top officials, attacks on journalists and alike that RTS did not report on professionally or at all.

Jeremic said it would be “a warning blockade” to tell RTS it should do its job professionally.

Commenting on the announced blockade, RTS said in a statement that it was not an ordinary criticism of their work, but the “activities of a part of the political public in Serbia which crossed the line of proper civil behaviour and political action.

 He also said the blockade would be peaceful, but added the police did not allow the rally since the permission was asked for too late, i.e., not five days ahead, as required by the law.

“If police try to prevent us, let everyone does their job. If they want to arrest us, let them,” Jeremic said.

Zorana Mihajlovic, Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and an SNS high-ranking official, said that the opposition’s announcement of the RTS blockade was a proof that they had nothing to offer to people since they used “blockades instead of programmes.”

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a551862/Opposition-to-block-Serbia-s-state-TV-building-for-eight-hours-on-Friday.html

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