PRESS RELEASE

PODGORICA 19 June 2014 - The Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro strongly condemns recent articles published in the daily newspaper "Informer" about the Director of MANS, Ms. Vanja Calovic. The Delegation supports and promotes free and professional journalism but considers that these particular articles are irresponsible and an attempt to discredit a prominent civil society activist in Montenegro.

Freedom of media is an EU fundamental right, and a key pillar for a democracy. The European Union will accept no deviation from European Union standards on freedom of expression and media on the part of countries aspiring to join the EU. However, the freedom of media can also be threatened by the disrespect of professional and ethical standards.

The Delegation will continue to monitor the freedom of the media, including the respect of professional and ethical standards during the course of the EU accession negotiations with Montenegro.

Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro