Montenegrin journalist given prison term for libel
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||19 April 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Montenegrin journalist given prison term for libel, 19 April 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f9e7c6423.html [accessed 22 September 2014]|
April 19, 2012
PODGORICA – A court in Montenegro has ordered a journalist to serve four months in prison for libel.
Petar Komnenic, who had alleged that authorities in Montenegro placed a number of senior judges under illegal surveillance, was convicted of libel in February 2011 and ordered to pay a fine or serve four months in jail.
Komnenic refused to pay the fine and appealed to a higher court, which ruled he should serve community service rather than a prison sentence.
But the Podgorica magistrate on April 18 reinstated the prison term.
Komnenic is an editor with Podgorica-based TV Vijesti and also works as a stringer for RFE/RL and Reuters.
The European Union has expressed concerns over the case.
Montenegro is scheduled to start EU accession talks in June this year.
With additional reporting from Reuters