EU,OSCE watching changes at Serbia regional broadcaster

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Posted: May 22, 2016 11:44 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union and OSCE missions in Serbia say they have "taken note" of recent changes at a regional public broadcaster that followed last month's general elections and sparked accusations of government pressure on the media.

The editorial team and several journalists at Radio Television Vojvodina have been replaced after the ruling populists of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won the April 24 vote in the northern region that previously had been run by an opposition party.

Journalists' associations in Serbia have described the sweep as political.

The two international missions noted in a joint statement Sunday that TV Vojvodina has a "weighty responsibility" to ensure impartiality and diversity of its programs in the ethnically mixed northern area. The statement also stresses the importance of free expression in the EU hopeful.