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Government supports work of Media Commission, its reports to be considered at Rule of Law Council session

Government supports work of Media Commission, its reports to be considered at Rule of Law Council session
Published date 15.01.2018 14:55 | Author PR Service

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Podgorica, Montenegro (15 January 2018) -- The Government supports the work of the Media Commission and is ready to meet all its recommendations within the government’s remit and in accordance with the law, Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin underlined.

DPM Pažin hosted earlier today Chair of the Commission for Monitoring Actions of Competent Authorities in the Investigation of Cases of Threats and Violence against Journalists, Assassinations of Journalists and Attacks on Media Property Nikola Marković, who informed the Deputy Prime Minister about the problems the Commission is facing in its work.

DPM Pažin noted that the executive authority is determined to protect the integrity and safety of journalists, hopeful that the Media Commission’s recommendations will make a significant contribution to the activities of the competent institutions. Media Commission’s work and recommendations are continually followed by the Prosecution Office, Police and National Security Agency. Furthermore, the Government takes note of them at the Cabinet meetings and its reports were published recently at the Interior Ministry’s website, Deputy Prime Minister Pažin explained.

In order to monitor more closely implementation of the Media Commission’s recommendations, DPM Pažin pledged to consider its reports at the Rule of Law Council session, which he chairs.

The Chair of the Media Commission has also raised the issue of remuneration for work in the Commission, which, as the meeting's participants agreed, will be resolved in line with the current regulations governing this area.

The meeting also discussed the Commission's request to obtain operational police documentation from the Police without denying access to personal data of persons such as suspects, police officers, or persons who provide the Police with operational information. It was agreed, through direct communication with the Agency for Personal Data Protection and the Police, and in accordance with the law, to achieve an optimal balance between the right to protection of personal data, as a constitutional category, the interest of ongoing investigations and the Commission's need to obtain detailed information.