Exorcising the devil in reality “content of an entertaining character”

November 30, 2017

Pro-regime broadcaster TV Happy, one of the most watched commercial television channels, screened – as part of the show “Parovi” [Couples] – a self-proclaimed healer and exorcist “exorcising the devil” from participants in this reality show.

In the programme, which is watched by millions of viewers, he conducted “seances” over the participants, as well as the “patients” brought to him by the production team.

Media experts and media studies professors at colleges in Serbia consider this scandalous and irresponsible, stating that such programming misleads the public and is all reminiscent of the 1990s, when virtually everything was permitted in the country’s media.

During the 1990s, while the country was in crisis, “clairvoyants” were often present on the screens, along with charlatan doctors and healers who prophesised the futures of viewers and “treated” them.

And while the domestic public wonders why the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media is not reacting, despite being legally obliged to sanction media companies that broadcast such content, representatives of this institution say that they have no grounds to prosecute TV Happy, because that occult content is of an “unequivocally entertaining/funny character”.