Serbian media watchdog says pro-regime TVs broke election law

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The Serbian electronic media watchdog said on Monday that two pro-government TV stations violated the election law prior to the April 3 elections.

The Council of the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) found that B92 and Happy TV broke the election silence regulation prior to the vote. Under Serbian law, all campaigning and propaganda in favor of any candidate or election ticket is banned 48 hours prior to the vote and until the polling stations close.

The REM said that the pro-regime Happy TV showed a rerun of its morning show which included comments of the campaign and calls to vote for certain candidates after midnight on April 1. The press release said that B92 TV aired projections of turnout and election results as well as campaign reports.

The REM said state bodies would be informed of the violations.

Earlier, the REM ruled that Nova S TV violated the law when it mistakenly showed a rerun of a show at 3:00 am on April 2.