Serbian rights groups urge probe into mine tender in media freedom row

January 16, 2015 4:06 PM

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BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian civic groups called for an inquiry into a media report of irregularities in a government tender to pump flood water from a major mine, after the prime minister called the journalists "liars" paid by the European Union to discredit him.

The report was published last week by the respected Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), under an EU-funded project to promote coverage of corruption issues in the ex-Yugoslav republic, a candidate for membership of the bloc.

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