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Market Report
12.07.2016.

The Agency for Electronic Media has released a CDS/MMDS/DTH/IPTV Market Report for June 2016.

The report can be downloaded here.
 
Reaction to instances of interference with the independence of regulatory authorities
22.03.2016.

The Agency for Electronic Media condemns another in a series of instances of interference with the independence of regulatory authorities for audiovisual media services in Europe by the state authorities. The Agency firmly believes that independent regulation in the field of electronic media is a cornerstone of media freedoms and appeals to all state authorities to provide all necessary conditions for independent and undisturbed operation of the regulatory authorities in this field.

In a letter to the European Commission, which was forwarded to all members of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), the President of the Electronic Media Council of Croatia, Mirjana Rakić, informs the Commission that the Government of the Republic of Croatia had adopted, at a meeting held on 10 March 2016, a proposal of the Ministry of Culture not to accept the activity report of the Electronic Media Council and Agency and initiate the procedure of dismissal of the Electronic Media Council members at the Croatian Parliament.

The Government of the Republic of Croatia explains this decision by the absence of supervision over the use of monthly fee and other and other public revenues in line with the state aid rules for the public broadcasting services by the Croatian Radiotelevision, since the Council’s annual report does not mention that such a supervision took place, which created conditions for dismissal of the Council members in compliance with Article 68 of the Electronic Media Law.

The Agency of Electronic Media of Montenegro believes that such initiatives of state authorities violates long and carefully developed system of free and independent regulation in Europe and represents a great step back in the field of freedom of expression and independence of the media.
Consequently, the Agency expresses hope that, decisively defending the principles of independent regulation in the European Union, and recommendations and standards of the Council of Europe on the independence of regulatory authorities for electronic media, the Croatian Parliament, as a legislative authority of an EU Member State, will not accept the Government’s initiative and initiate the procedure of dismissal of the Electronic Council members.

The Agency supports the conclusions of the last meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services, as an advisory body of the European Commission in the field of audiovisual media services, expressing concern about the interference with independence of media regulators in an increasing number of European countries.

Finally, the Agency expresses hope that the practice of interference with the independence of regulatory authorities, which has become increasingly frequent in European countries, will stop before it leaves irreparable negative consequences on the freedom of expression and independence of media in Europe.

Director                                                      Chairman of the Council
of the Agency for Electronic Media                 of the Agency for Electronic Media
Abaz Beli Džafić                                           Mladen Lompar

 
Market Report
16.03.2016.

The Agency for Electronic Media has released a CDS/MMDS/DTH/IPTV Market Report for February 2016.

The report and the AEM press release can be downloaded here.
 
Press Release
28.10.2015.

In the context of all developments related to the public protests of a part of parliamentary parties and coalitions in Montenegro, the entire Montenegrin public has recently witnessed and condemned the instances of interference with professional duties of journalists, as well as the indicators of unjustified use of force and an indisputable case of destruction of property of an electronic media outlet, causing injuries to its journalist.

As always, the Agency for Electronic Media strongly condemns the practice of unjustified use of force in any area of social life, particularly against journalists and the media, whose free activities are of the utmost social importance and public interest. Freedom of the media is a fundamental measure of the freedom of society.

Governed by the values Montenegrin society is based on, the Agency for Electronic Media calls upon the citizens and requests from the organizers of the protests and state authorities to express maximum respect for human and professional rights of journalists and other media professionals on Saturday, October 24th and treat them strictly in accordance with regulations, enabling them to carry out their complex and responsible tasks.

Furthermore, the Agency expects from all media, particularly electronic ones, to contribute, through their professional work, to full, objective and timely information to citizens and promotion of dialogue on all important matters, while respecting the constitutional order, laws and institutions of Montenegro.

 
Market Report
17.10.2015.

The Agency for Electronic Media has released a CDS/MMDS/DTH/IPTV Market Report for September 2015.

The report and the AEM press release can be downloaded here.

 
2014 Local Elections Monitoring Report
29.09.2015.

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