March 4, 2024

04.03.2024 – Aleksandar Šapić’s Silence Raises Concerns

The Journalists’ Association of Serbia (Udruženje novinara Srbije – UNS – has expressed concern over the ongoing refusal of Aleksandar Šapić, the current interim representative of the City Government in Belgrade, Serbia to communicate with journalists representing the Serbian N1 TV ( This persistent stance not only raises significant questions regarding transparency and accountability but also infringes upon the fundamental principles outlined in the Law on Public Information and Media. Šapić recently once again was not answering questions from a N1 TV reporter.

UNS firmly emphasizes that Article 4 of the Law on Public Information and Media explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination against media. The refusal to communicate with journalists from specific media outlets not only undermines the principles of press freedom but also erodes public trust in the democratic processes essential for a functioning society.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) supports the Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) in condemning the refusal of Aleksandar Šapić, to communicate with journalists from N1 TV.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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