SERBIA: SEEMO urges Serbian officials to accept critical views

SERBIA, SERBIA, 10/01/2015, 09:25

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe, is expressing its growing distress regarding media freedom in Serbia.

BIRN, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network was attacked by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, after publishing an article. Vucic accused BIRN of “lying” and “receiving money” from the EU. The prime minister claimed journalists received money so they would write things “against the Serbian Government”.

“SEEMO is very surprised how a such high ranking official speaks about media", SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said. SEEMO strongly condemns this type of pressure made on the media, and is reminding political representatives and authorities to be cautious in their choice of words. „Statements like these cause harm to the media scene, they endanger journalists, and they put a tremendous amount of self-censorship pressure upon them. We urge the Prime Minister and other state officials to be careful in future in their choice of words", Vujovic added.

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