The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed concern after it was informed by the Belgrade publishing house Adria Media Group (AMG) that on 1 August the Serbian edition of Newsweek magazine would cease all publishing.
As the AMG reporter, this media company is since months under strong pressure by the officials in Serbia. Also as the AMG reported, company bank accounts were frozen in July.
“The fact is that the media market in Serbia is politically controlled directly or over advertising. We are missing independent professional media in Serbia, and Newsweek Serbia was one of few professional media on the market”, Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary general said.
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.