KOSOVO: SEEMO protests freedom speech violations in Kosovo

KOSOVO, 09/06/2016

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has called for the government of Kosovo to release an official statement about cases covered in Serbian media, alleging that institutions in Kosovo have prohibited the import of books and other materials written in Serbian.

Allegedly institutions in Kosovo prohibited the import of books written in Serbian beginning 2 June, according to information published in Serbian media.  Serbian media are reporting that books and other materials distributed from Serbia have been confiscated at the border.

 ‘SEEMO calls for a response to these allegations from authorities and an investigation if necessary’, said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic ‘Prohibiting reading material in this way may be considered censorship and interfere with the public’s right to receive information’.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.

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