The FINANCIAL — PODGORICA/VIENNA, 11 July 2011 – The OSCE Mission to Montenegro and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, today commended Montenegro for decriminalizing defamation.
As part of a wider reform of its criminal code, Montenegro fully decriminalized libel and insult leaving them entirely a matter for civil litigation. The legislation came into effect Saturday.
“The decision is significant in creating a positive working environment in which journalists can function more freely,” said the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, Ambassador Sarunas Adomavicius. He emphasized that Montenegro has taken a positive step forward on freedom of speech.
“The possibility of facing criminal charges for expressing an opinion on a public figure causes a chilling effect on the media. It is the media’s duty in a modern democracy to encourage public debate without,fear of reprisals in the criminal courts,” said Mijatović.