Slurs against anti-corruption activist threaten future of freedom of expression and information in Montenegro


Madrid, 4 Novmber 2014 - Access Info Europe today raised concerns about the future of freedom of expression and access to information in Montenegro in the wake of a media smear campaign against the Executive Director of Montenegrin anti-corruption NGO MANS, Vanja Calovic. This is the second time this year the Montenegrin newspaper, the Informer, has conducted a campaign against Calovic which involves slurs of a sexual nature. The attacks started after MANS exposed several cases of corruption and organised crime in Montenegro. Calovic is also the independent evaluator for the Open Government Partnership’s Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Montenegrin