SERBIA: SEEMO urges authorities in Serbia to do more for safety of journalists

SERBIA, SERBIA, 03/09/2017, 08:50

Vienna, 3 September 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed support for the ongoing investigation into the case of Nedim Sejdinovic (Nedim Sejdinović), president of the Independent Journalists Society of Vojvodina.

<p>During their investigation, police identified and charged a 21 year-old man from Bosnia and Herzegovina for anonymously sending death threats to Sejdinovic on Facebook.

Sejdinovic stated that this was the “first sign of life” in the case, given that police forces actually managed to identify and charge the perpetrator, in contrast to several times in the past when he and his colleague had been targets of similar threats and were not protected at all.

SEEMO thanks police forces in Serbia for locating the person responsible for these death threats, but agrees with Sejdinovic that a lot more has to be done for the protection and safety of journalists in the country, especially when they are often the target of hate speech and death threats.

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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