Based on several years of media and monitoring the work of REM, we consider the demands of citizens participating in the “Serbia against violence” protests to replace the members of the REM Council justified.
Due to the negligent work of the Council, REM is an institution that has failed and does not serve the purpose for which it was founded.
We invite the members of the Council to accept personal, professional and moral responsibility for the collapse of REM and to submit their irrevocable resignations.
Laws give authority to institutions to make decisions that affect the lives of all people. Some people make institutions. By accepting the privilege of being part of public institutions, these people assumed the responsibility to protect the public interest. To begin with, to respect the laws and not look for loopholes in them.
These people have names and surnames: Olivera Zekić, Milorad Vukašinović, Aleksandra Janković, Aleksandar Vitković, Radoje Kujović, Višnja Aranđelović, Judita Popović, Božidar Zečević and Nemanja Tasić.
The duty of nine people, members of REM Council, is to ensure that the electronic media work in accordance with the law, to provide the public with quality and diverse content, to inform them objectively, respecting freedom of thought and expression and responsibility for publicly spoken words .
It is impossible to overestimate the power of the media’s influence on society. The REM Council’s job is to prevent that influence from being negative, even devastating. REM Council members are not doing their job.
If they did, it would not be possible for the promotion of violence and hate speech in the media to suppress the pluralism of opinion and the culture of dialogue.
It would not be possible for the media to show physical and psychological abuse in reality programs with impunity, to spread misinformation, racial, religious and national hatred, glorify war criminals, fuel misogyny, call for the persecution of those with opposing views…
Traumatizing the public where the dignity of the victims is trampled by displays of dismembered human bodies.
Such media and such a REM serve the interests of media tycoons and political power players, but they do not serve the interests of society.
Responsibility has a name and a surname.
Associations of citizens who are signatories of the call:
- Autonomous Women’s Center
- Belgrade Center for Security Policy
- BIRODI – Bureau of Social Research
- Center for contemporary politics
- European movement in Serbia
- Civic initiatives
- Youth initiative for human rights
- National Coalition for Decentralization
- Partners Serbia
- RERI – Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute
- SHARE Foundation
- Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation
- YUCOM – Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights