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Support for independent journalism in Serbia

Estelle Mekari
13 June 2017
The FPS Foreign Affairs supports initiatives which promote peaceful co-existence. Among other places, in Serbia.

The FPS Foreign Affairs supports independent journalism in Sandžak, a region in the south west of Serbia and the northern part of Montenegro. The situation has been delicate there for several years.

A small town in the Sandžak region
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Sandžak remained outside the conflict in the 1990s. It became a safe haven for refugees from Bosnia, and later from Kosovo: Albanians, Serbians and Roma. The current population is consequently highly diverse and mutually divided. Due to the tense political situation, media independence has been jeopardised. As such, the population of Sandžak has limited access to information, and is easier to influence as a result.

The population of Sandžak has limited access to information, and is easier to influence as a result.

That is why the news agency Beta News has requested the cooperation of Belgium. This Serbian news agency was set up in 1992 and has always aimed to report on the events in the country and South East Europe objectively, and from all angles. The agency is currently requesting support for Radio Sto Plus, which has managed from the outset to operate impartially, and has not been deterred by criticism from political players, nor by physical threats.

As such, Belgium would like to help Radio Sto Plus deliver even better work in Sandžak, optimise their equipment, and provide information programmes.

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