Quarterly Media Meter


Quarterly Media Meter

06. December 2017.

In the European Parliament, on Tuesday, December 5th, a debate on the media situation in Serbia and other Western Balkan countries took place, organized by the informal group "Friends of Serbia."

About the conference

On that occasion, an analysis of the Quarterly Media Meter on the development of print media in Serbia was presented, after which debate participants had the opportunity to exchange views with the research and scientific-expert team of the Media Meter project and other media professionals.

Balance of topics, sources of information, polarization of views, and impact on the objective awareness of the public in Serbia were all topics presented to European parliamentarians by Serbian media researchers and experts Dejan Vuk Stanković and Velimir Ćurgus Kazimir.

"Sometimes we have this mistaken impression that there is no media freedom in Serbia. What is clear from this Media Meter analysis is that there are significant differences in media reports, both for and against, that there is too much negative information about everyone, both the opposition and the government," emphasized Franc Bogovič, a European parliamentarian and one of the organizers of this event. According to him, media outlets that follow the government or the opposition are sometimes too clearly defined.

Presenting the Quarterly Media Meter on the state of print media in Serbia, Professor Dejan Vuk Stanković stated that there is strong political polarization when it comes to daily newspapers.

According to him, weekly publications are fundamentally critical of the government, differing only in the degree of criticism and foreign policy orientation.

"In Serbia, we witness freedom in print media, but what its outcome is, is a significant polarization," concludes Professor Dejan Vuk Stanković.

The problem with the media in Serbia is not so much about media freedom as it is about professionalism, editorial policy, and attitudes toward certain topics, according to one of the authors of the Media Meter, Velimir Ćurgus Kazimir.

The debate on the media space in Serbia in the European Parliament was organized by the chairman and vice-chairman of the informal group "Friends of Serbia" in the European Parliament, Emilijan Pavel and Franc Bogovič.

The event was attended by the chairman of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee and EP rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, the coordinator of the Social Democrats in the Foreign Affairs Committee, Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice President of the European People's Party for the Western Balkans, Andrej Kovačev, the Vice President of the Social Democrats responsible for foreign policy, Victor Boštinaru, as well as MEPs Igor Šoltes, Andor Deli, Jozo Radoš, Georgios Epitideios, representatives of the European External Action Service, representatives of EU member states, and assistants to MEPs.




Opening Address


Presentation of Research Results





European Parliament

European Parliament



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European Parliament

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  • Additional sessions are held in Brussels.
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