Civil Society, Media and the Public in Control of Security Services in Serbia Cover Image

Цивилно друштвo, медији и јавност у контроли служби безбедности у Србији
Civil Society, Media and the Public in Control of Security Services in Serbia

Author(s): Radojica S. Lazić
Subject(s): Public Law, Security and defense, Politics and communication
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: civil society; media; public; control and surveillance; security services; secrecy; transparency

Summary/Abstract: Based on everything said, we may conclude that obvious progress has been made in establishing of certain types of cooperation of specialized civil society organizations with security services in Serbia. Based on available data and internet presentations of the mentioned actors (Atlantic Council, Belgrade Center for Human Rights, Belgrade Center for Security Policy, etc.), some forms of realized cooperation may be observed. It, for instance, is reflected in organizing a public discussion on the proposal for the Law on Personal Data Protection, Law on VBA and VOA, Data Secrecy Law, Draft National Security Strategy, with participation of representatives of security services at gatherings organized by non-governmental organization, or in study visits of activists of these organizations to security services. More public nature of the work of security services is in a large degree burdened by the very nature of the job. The fact that, fulfilling their legal obligation, they regularly update information on work, contributes to the claim that a serious progress has been made in this field in the last ten years. The fact that the Ministry of Defense received an award for the most update and most complete information in 2011 from civil society organizations speaks about this quite sufficiently. The fact that BIA has authorized a person (in the rank of director`s advisor) to answer questions by those who require information, shows that the set legal norms are respected. However, certain problems exist, and they are most expressed in certain imprecise and unclear legal provisions which protect confidentiality and secrecy of collected data and information. This problem cannot be solved by security services, nor the media, or civil society organizations. They must be solved by the state, by correcting and removing all dilemmas in the valid regulations, and enabling everyone to realize their constitutional and every other right in a legal manner.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 277-291
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian