The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the 14 April attack on journalist Vladimir Jesic in Indjija, Serbia.
Jesic was attacked during the day in the street by an unknown assailant who hit and pushed him, and threatened to kill him. The assailant then fled in a vehicle later found by the police.
This was not the first attack on Jesic. In 2003, a politician physically attacked him during an interview, for which the politician later paid a fine.
The journalist believes this attack was solely based on the fact that his brother is Goran Jesic, previously the Mayor of Indjija.
“We call on Serbian authorities to work quickly and resolve these cases correctly and efficiently, in order to show that attacks against journalists will not be tolerated. Media freedom is a key factor that contributes to stability in the country, so sanctioning the use of force against media workers on any basis is necessary. Journalists must feel safe and protected in their environment in order to do good, professional work”, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic stated.