SERBIA: SEEMO warns politicians in Serbia: attacking journalists is detrimental to democracy

SERBIA, SERBIA, 07/03/2017, 09:45

Vienna, 07 March 2017 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) criticized the behavior of an official in Serbia, who has repeatedly shown antagonism towards media workers.

Vienna, 07 March 2017 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) criticized the behavior of an official in Serbia, who has repeatedly shown antagonism towards media workers.

On 7 March, the Mayor of Belgrade was present for the official opening of a sewage construction site in a suburban county on the city. Despite relatively few media outlets being informed, journalists from investigative web portals Istinomer and Krik managed to find out and be present at the scene. After several questions, the Mayor’s bodyguards first pushed Istinomer’s journalists. After she persisted, the Mayor himself pushed her away and told her that she is “asking for an incident for no reason”.

SEEMO members express their absolute condemnation of the behavior of this high city official and his staff.

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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