Vienna, 27 June 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was displeased to learn that several editors-in-chief of reputable daily papers in Serbia did not receive invitations to the Presidential inauguration organised by president-elect Aleksandar Vucic.
The event was held on 23 June in Belgrade and is said to have included around five thousand guests, including foreign and local politicians, celebrities, as well as almost all representatives of the media. However, editors-in-chief of several prominent media outlets were not invited, seemingly on purpose. Editor-in-chief of daily Danas Dragoljub Petrovic (Dragoljub Petrović), daily Kurir Nemanja Pajic (Nemanja Pajić) and weekly Vreme Dragoljub Zivkovic (Dragoljub Živković) were not invited, or received their invitation only hours before the event.
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.