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October 6, 2014

Serbia: B92 to drop critical talk show amidst political pressure

Private radio and TV station B92 in Serbia has decided to drop a political talk show following political pressure. Utisak nedelje (‘‘The Impression of the Week’’ in English) has been run by the well-known journalist Olja Bećković . The talk show has been broadcasting for 24 years and has been well received among the audience. It is considered as one of the few programmes critically scrutinising the government of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić. Bećković had refused an offer by the B92... MORE
June 8, 2014

Serbia arrests journalist for critical post

The EFJ has learned today that RTV Mladenovac's journalist Dragan Nikolic was yesterday detained and interrogated by the Serbian police services following a critical comment published on his Facebook profile about the government handling of the recent floods. According to the EFJ affiliate, the Sindikat novinara Srbije (JUS - Journalists' Union of Serbia), Dragan Nikolic was detained by the Serbian police following a complaint filed by the Serbian MP Milorad Cvetnovic accusing the journalist of... MORE
April 5, 2011

Journalist found guilty of defaming former minister in Serbia

The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) is protesting over the criminal sentence for libel handed down to Stojan Markovic , owner, director and editor of Radio Ozon, an ANEM member station based in Cacak. The Primary Court in Cacak found Markovic guilty of slandering former minister Velimir Ilic. The decision was based on Markovic's comment "The Time for Settling the Bills has Come: Davidovic, Jocic, Sarancic . . . the Next one be Ready . . . ", and the satire "The Impotent... MORE
March 11, 2011

World's press groups assess media scene in European Union-hopeful country

Three global press organisations have agreed to assess the media landscape in Montenegro, a young democracy which hopes to join the European Union but whose candidacy has raised press freedom concerns. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) recently sent a joint delegation to the southeastern European republic to assess the threats to a free and independent press, and... MORE
October 21, 2010

Police protection provided for TV B92 journalist after threats

The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has expressed alarm at the threats received by TV B92 journalist Sonja Kamenkovic from Zajecar, Serbia. Since the end of August 2010 Kamenkovic has reported on the alleged violent behaviour of a police officer who reportedly injured two young men. The currently suspended police officer allegedly threatened, on several occasions, Kamenkovic and Ivan Popovic, a journalist for Alo magazine. He reportedly said he would kill all journalists who... MORE
October 6, 2010

Blic newspaper correspondent physically assaulted in Serbia

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has condemned the physical assault on Blic newspaper correspondent Gvozden Zdravic in Aleksandrovac, Serbia. On September 30, Gvozden Zdravic was physically assaulted while on duty. Zdravic was photographing the local courthouse when the driver of the mayor of Aleksandrovac allegedly ran out of the courthouse and physically abused Zdravic by punching him several times in the head. Zdravic called the police, who arrived on the scene, and then went... MORE
August 12, 2010

Limitation on freedom of information imposed by mayor in Serbian city of Zajecar

The mayor of the Serbian city of Zajecar, Bosko Nicic has decided to prevent all directors of companies and public institutions in the city from making statements to the media without his prior consent, according to the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO). Directors of companies and public institutions now feel that they must fear for their jobs if they do not comply with the directive, and journalists are limited in their reporting on current affairs. The directive of August 9 is a... MORE
August 10, 2010

Journalists want Serbian govt to crack down on neo-Nazi groups

The Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (IJAS/NUNS), the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM), local Press and the the Independent Journalists' Association of Journalists of Vojvodina (IJAV/NDNV) have urged the government to ban the work and operations of extremist, fascist, neo-Nazi and racist groups in Serbia. The latest case of the beating of journalist Teofil Pancic and the fact that the arrested attackers belong to one of the extremist organisations, is the last in... MORE
August 9, 2010

Seemingly positive media developments in Serbia a step in right direction, says SEEMO

The High Court in Nis, in a defamation case against Serbian daily newspaper Narodnih Novina journalist Dragana Kocic and editor-in-chief Timosenko Milosavljevic, has ruled in favour of the defendants. Together, the two had been sentenced by the Court of First Instance to pay a fine of 1,000,000 Serbian dinars (approx. 10,800 EUR) for publishing an article using quotes from official documents - an indictment against a former military official, according to the Vienna-based South East Europe... MORE
July 28, 2010

Court verdict on Serbia media law seen as victory for press freedom

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has welcomed a landmark decision by the Constitutional Court of Serbia rejecting repressive amendments to the Public Information Act of Serbia. The Journalists' Association of Serbia (JAS), an EFJ affiliate, has won its appeal against the Act after its adoption by the Serbian Parliament in August 2009. In the ruling of July 22, the court found in favour of JAS and rejected the repressive amendments to articles 14, 16, 92, 93 and 95 of the Public... MORE