Entering NATO brought new democracies for the small Balkan state of Montenegro.
Days after the country became a full fledged member of NATO, its Government enacted new law which will fine anyone who mocks or badmouths NATO up to 10,000 euros. Similar fines are introduced for mocking or insulting the UN. That’s what freedom of speech is all about.
According to Montenegro’s media, this new law is regulated within the country’s criminal code under the act “Discrediting of foreign country or international organization”.
Over 65% of Montenegro’s population opposed their country becoming part of the alliance, however the Government ignored the will of their citizens. In 1999, NATO bombed Montenegro as part of their air campaign against Serbia and Montenegro.