State to sell Tanjug in October

The Tanjug news agency, which for years has been operating borderline illegally, will be privatized in October – the Danas daily has learned unofficially.

According to our sources, this information was given to representatives of journalist associations and associations that make up the Media Dialogue Team by the head of the Coordination Group of the Government of Serbia for Cooperation with the Media, Suzana Vasiljevic at a meeting on Friday, September 28th. Vasiljevic did not give a solution to overcoming the so-called legal vacuum that the news agency found itself in after it was officially shut down three years ago.

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Allegedly, interested parties will be offered the purchase the Tanjug brand, since the agency itself has no assets. Over a year ago, there were two legal solutions regarding Tanjug’s status were drafted, but none of them was officially presented. As unofficially announced at that time, Tanjug was supposed to become a joint stock company or a limited liability company.

After the unsuccessful privatization, Tanjug was closed on October 31st, 2015 under the Public Information Act, but nevertheless, it did not stop broadcasting news. Apparently, the state was helpless because the management of that public company did not submit a final balance sheet for 2015, which is a prerequisite for changing the agency’s status, i.e. being formally deleted from the Business Register Agency’s company database.

The possible sale, as a new attempt at privatization, is not regulated by the existing laws, just like Tanjug itself which still receives generous financial help from the state.

(Danas, 01.10.2018)


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