BIRN Serbia Journalist Addresses Media Financing Seminar

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Tanja Maksic of BIRN Serbia spoke at a seminar entitled ‘Public Interest for Citizens and Media and a New Way of Financing Media Content’ on September 17.

At the seminar, Maksic presented recommendations for improving practices in competitive funding for local governments, which play a major role in the implementation of media reforms, as well as the findings of monitoring by BIRN Serbia.

For the fourth year in a row, BIRN Serbia has been collecting data and recording models of budget spending in the media sector.

The data showed that nearly three billion dinars was spent in the media sector by 33 local governments in the period from 2011 to 2013.

The seminar was organized by Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, in cooperation with Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, the Ministry of Culture and Information, the EU Delegation and the OSCE Mission in Serbia, with the support of the Open Society Foundation.