Thursday, July 1, 1999 Published at 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK
Montenegro's media speaks out
Staff at Podgorica's Media Club work on their Internet news site
By BBC News Online's Fergus Nicoll in Podgorica
The media in Montenegro continue to enjoy much greater freedom than their colleagues in Serbia - despite the fact that Belgrade has maintained a strong military presence in the country.
"During the Kosovo war, we faced charges in front of a military court, but we survived," said Milka Tadic, editor of Monitor news-magazine.
"Of course the media had an impact on the independence movement," she said. "We want to run from Serbia and become a normal state."
Widespread Internet availability
Montenegro's newspapers have become well-known for their headlines critical of President Milosevic.
But now, with its large population of well-educated young people, the country is witnessing growing interest in on-line media.
Its founders, Serbs and Montenegrins, are students from Belgrade University.
Some were draft-dodgers who rejected Belgrade's conscription for the army reserve and headed for the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica.
'No government control'
"Montenegro was caught between Nato's bombs and Milosevic's threats," said Media Club's founder, Momcilo Radulovic.
"We wanted to create a quality web-site to reflect our country's politics, society and arts," he added.
"It was a moral necessity," he said. "We want to put out the information we want to put out in the way we want to do it."
The site also features contributions by adademics and independent analysts.
Media Club's bushy-bearded editor, Nune Popovic, sat at his terminal, his long hair tied back in a pony-tail.
"This is how we are fighting for our better future," he said.
"There is everything here in Montenegro - from chauvinistic, biased reporting to democratic and impartial journalism," he told BBC News Online. "Now people are asking why they have to put up with the chauvinists."