Montenegrin Parliament is hiding documents related to the selection of members of the RTCG Council!
Montenegrin Parliament rejected the request of the Center for the Development of Non-Governmental Organizations (CRNVO), submitted based on the Law on Free Access to Information, to allow the insight to the documentation submitted by NGOs that proposed candidates for the Council of the Public Broadcaster Radio Television of Montenegro
The Parliament stated that "disclosure would cause adverse consequences for the said procedure, which is of greater importance than the public's interest in knowing this information." The Parliament has determined that public interest to know how the members of the National Public Service Council, who are paid by all citizens, are nominated and elected is irrelevant. In this way, the Parliament
subordinated the interest of the proceedings.
This decision is additionally unfounded because in the previous process of selecting members of the RTCG Council this insight was permitted to interested NGOs, therefore the legitimate question is raised - What are the Montenegrin Parliament and the Administrative Committee now hiding from the public?
Considering that the public is highly interested in this case, especially when one of the candidates for the RTCG Council member- Goran Sekulovic, is the author of a book representing a sort of homage to Milo Djukanovic the Chief of the ruling DPS party, we considered that the public's right to have a detailed insight into how this candidate is supported by the non-governmental sector is of the utmost importance. Insight into documentation is the only way to assess the validity of documents and the legality of this procedure. The Parliament knows this very well, therefore it has forbidden the public to obtain adequate information on this procedure, except on those that people charged with purging in the RTCG Council share at the sessions of the Administrative Committee.
In his precaution, the Secretary General of the Parliament of Montenegro, in relation to our request, has done a certain "test of harmfulness" and found that this information is much safer if kept away from the public and hidden from non-governmental organizations. The harmfulness test, obviously this time, "clearly" showed that the greater damage to the DPS would be for the public to show how this procedure was carried out.
We are not surprised by this decision because, unfortunately, it fits perfectly into our suspicions of the legality of this procedure, as well as in the thesis that the ruling party has decided to carry out its operation by the end - setting up all DPS related members to the RTCG Council.