FM 90,5 MHz
Alekse Markišića 6
TV Soko has been there since September 1997. Municipality Assembly is the founder of this Public Informative Enterprise, comprising also Radio Sokobanja. It broadacts its programs on 28th channel UHF at the municipality territory and wider by its transmitter and cable network in Sokobanja.
The number of potential spectators is 30,000.
Working days 3.30 p.m. - 2 o'clock in the morning
Weekends: 2 o'clock p.m. - 2 in the morning
Informative, film, entertaining, educational, serial, children's, musical and sporting. Local, regional and the world issues are proportionally represented.
Besides ANEM production, other independent mediae produced programs are broadcast. Montenegro daily news are regularly re-televised. Re-broadcast of the Voice of America was continued in spite of the forbidding Decree. It was stooped only directly upon enforcement of the Act of Informing.
SOKO TV was in constant conflict with the Milosevic's regime.
Due to re-broadcast of SKY, CNN, BBC and DW in March 1999 and reporting on the causes of the NATO air strikes, by decision of Federal Ministry of Communication, the station was closed on March 27th 1999.
SOKO TV editor, Nebojsa Ristic, put FREE PRESS - MADE IN SERBIA posters produced by FREE B92 and ANEM on editorial offices windows on that occasion and got arrested on April 13th 1999. After ten-day imprisonment, by decision of Municipal Court in Sokobanja, he was sentenced to a year and immediately sent to serve the sentence. The sentence was based on paragraph 218 of Criminal Statute of Serbia and qualified "spreading false news, disturbing citizens or provoking mistrust of citizens of state bodies' decisions". Among lawyers, this paragraph was unofficially characterized as "market place paragraph", illustrating the attitude of professionals. The sentence was confirmed by the District Court in Zajecar. The President of Serbia, Milan Milutinovic and the Supreme Court rejected appeals for pardoning. The "case" provoked numerous reactions of mediae, journalists, associations, public persons, NGOs from the country and from abroad, political parties... ANEM organized media campaign "Freedom for Nebojsa Ristic" (see at freeserbia.org). So did NUNS. Nebojsa Ristic was visited in prison by Jirzi Dinsbir, special UN informant for human rights, and by Barbara Davis, UN ambassador to SRY.
Requests to free Nebojsa Ristic were repeated at all protesting gatherings of OTPOR, Alliance for Change and other democratic political parties. None brought up results. Nebojsa Ristic left District prison in Zajecar on March 17th 2000, upon expiration of the sentence, after 339 days.
This sentence showed intentions of the then regime to start devastation, taking over and impoverishment of free media in Serbia. By decision of the Managing Board of the founder, Nebojsa Ristic was re-nominated TV editor on April 14th 2000.
SOKO TV was re-opened on June 11th 1999, two days after Kumanovo Agreement was signed. The identical conception caused one more closing of this TV by Federal Ministry of Communications. Their inspectors came on June 25th 1999 and took one part of broadcasting equipment. By assistance of the founder, with new equipment, the spectators were enabled watching SOKO TV programs again, only two hors after the last closing.
The station established contacts with several international organizations.
Due to support to OTPOR Movement, editor Nebojsa Ristic, reporter Predrag Stevanovic and technician Ivica Naskovski, together with 6 OTPOR members, were taken to Sokobanja police station in May 2001. They were released after three hours, but over 200 citizens of Sokobanja were protesting in front of the police station (see "File of Repression" edited by NUNS, May 2000).
In October 1999 and May 2000, a TV SOKO reporter interviewed Mr. Stjeapn Mesic, the actual President of Croatia.