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Serbian politician calls for reality TV tax

30 November 2017

A Serbian politician has called for a special tax to be placed on the country’s reality TV shows.

Sandra Rasković-Ivić, the deputy leader of the Serbian People’s Party, said that the programmes should only be broadcast after midnight in a bid to better protect Serbian families.

She claimed that reality TV shows “teeming with violence and vulgar language” were inspiring children to attack their peers.

“How many more children need to be beaten — or mentally destroyed to a point where they harm themselves — before the authorities shift these reality programs to midnight slots?” the politician said in a speech on Wednesday. “That is why we are in favour of a special tax on this type of programming.”

The centre-right People’s Party was formed in October, 2017. It currently has two members in Serbia’s National Assembly.