August 3, 2023

03.08.2023 – Serbia: Statistics for the First Six Months of 2023

According to the Journalists Association of Serbia (UNS), the statistics from the public prosecutor’s offices for the first six months of 2023 show that they have handled 42 cases related to incidents harming individuals in the field of journalism and information. The cases were distributed across the months, with 4 in January, 3 in February, 7 in March, 8 in April, 12 in May, and 8 in June 2023.

As of 30 June 2023, four cases resulted in convictions, four cases with criminal complaints were dismissed, three cases ended with official notes stating that no criminal proceedings were warranted, six cases are currently under investigation for evidence collection, while requests have been submitted for gathering necessary information in 24 cases. In one case, despite measures taken during the preliminary investigation, the potential perpetrator remains unidentified.

In this moment in Serbia are 84 number of cases with unidentified perpetrators and those are primarily connected to the years 2016 and 2017.

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