The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was concerned to learn about yet another round of media freedom incidents in Serbia.
In the last several weeks, the media situation in Serbia has worsened significantly through a number of violations, attacks, censorships and pressure.
Jelisaveta Ljutic from the daily paper Vecernje novosti and Zarko Bogosavljevic from the portal 021.rs were both attacked physically while trying to do their job. Ljutic was attacked in a small town nearby Obrenovac, where she was reporting about a tragic accident that involved the death of a person. Bogosavljevic was kicked by the participant of a car accident while he was making a coverage of the incident in Novi Sad.
“SEEMO members are deeply disturbed by all the recent media related incidents in Serbia” Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General stated. “We fully support UNS in their calls to the authorities in Serbia, and agree that these cases must be resolved, and the culprits adequately punished. Rapid growth in violations of free speech and media always indicate an utter lack of democracy in the society.”