Montenegro Prosecution Charges Tabloid With Hate Speech


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03 Dec 14

Montenegro Prosecution Charges Tabloid With Hate Speech

The prosecution accuses tabloid Informer of publishing racist comments about Albanians in articles about the recent controversial Serbia-Albania football match.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN

Podgorica

The Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday filed an indictment accusing the editor-in-chief of the Montenegrin editions of the Belgrade-based paper, Novak Uskokovic, of the criminal offence of violating the reputation of minority people.

After violence erupted on the pitch at the Serbia-Albania match football match in Belgrade on October 15, the front page of the Montenegrin edition of the daily newspaper called Albanians “shiptari”- a derogatory and offensive term.

The same issue also reported on a fight among pupils in a Montenegrin-Albanian high school in the capital Podgorica that was connected to the football match.

“The defendant [Uskokovic] is charged with publicly exposing minority people who live in Montenegro to mockery when in October 2014, as a responsible person, he approved disparaging headlines in two newspaper issues,” the prosecution said in a statement.

In November, Albanian leaders in Montenegro also filed charges against the newspaper for alleged hate speech.

After condemnation of its reporting style from the Montenegrin public, Informer issued an apology, claiming that it never intended to offend “citizens of Albanian origin who have lived for centuries in Montenegro”.

But politicians representing ethnic Albanians – who make up about five per cent of the country’s population – said the newspaper had crossed a red line.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)