The REM took on to increase the personal data protection of applicants
The Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media issued an order requiring its employees to pay more attention to the processing of personal data, and to take all technical, personnel and organisational measures necessary to protect the data from unauthorised access, disclosure and any other misuse, as it was stated in the letter sent by the REM on March 19th to the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Data Protection. As stated in the letter, the order was forwarded to the executive director, general secretary and to all chiefs of services in the REM.
Election irregularities mainly caused by the abuse of public resources and unequal media representation in the campaign
Following its systematic observation of the elections in previous three years, CRTA developed 60 detailed recommendations for improvement of electoral conditions, also available on the gradjaninastrazi.rs website. At the conference, CRTA presented the recommendations which could influence improvements if addressed by the 2020 elections and which enjoy the greatest citizen support.
Serbia - three months without the Commissioner
Civil society organisations warn that is has been three months since the mandate of the former Commissioner Rodoljub Šabić expired. The competent Culture and Information Committee of the Assembly has not yet initiated the process of selection of the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection. The process of selecting a new commissioner should begin without delay as this is in the best interests of citizens, institutions, the state and of the rule of law in general.
Union of Informed Citizens received the Democracy Defender Award for 2019
The Union of Informed Citizens (UIC), an Armenian civil society organization, received the OSCE Democracy Defender Award for 2019. The award ceremony took place on March 11 in Vienna, and was attended by CRTA Director Vukosava Crnjanski as a representative of the last year’s Democracy Defender Award recipient.
A letter to the Assembly: Proposal of criteria for selection of the new Commissioner
The organisation Crta launched a campaign “I want a Commissioner, not a yes-man!”, in order to draw attention to the fact that the process of selection of the Commissioner should be initiated and that the criteria of transparency, openness and integrity must be respected. Besides, the citizens should be informed about the identity of the potential candidates for the function, so that the new Commissioner could continue to perform their duties as an independent professional entity.
CRTA filed criminal charges following the elections in Lučani
The organisation CRTA filed criminal charges against accountable persons in 11 public authorities and companies from Novi Sad, Pančevo, Vrbas, Vršac, Šid and Ivanjica, the vehicles of which were present in Lučani during local elections held on December 18th 2018. The charges were filed to competent prosecutors’ offices regarding the criminal offence against official duty – abuse of office of an accountable person pursuant to article 227 of the Criminal Code.
The REM published the data of citizens who filed complaints against the Serbian Progressive Party video clip
While issuing the official response to citizens who reported the Serbian Progressive Party promotional video, the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media published 189 email addresses of the complainants. In this way, personal data visible from numerous email addresses became available without the consent of the person to whom they relate.
Appeal to the Committee for Culture and Information to examine the quality of work of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media
At the session held on February 6th 2019, the Regulatory Authority Council passed on the decision rejecting as unfounded complaints filed by more than 750 citizens because media outlets TV Prva and TV Happy broadcast a promotional video containing explicit political contents and political messages, and having a political impact on the viewers – which is directly contrary to articles 12 and 14 of the Law on Advertising which forbid covert and parallel advertising.