14. maj 2020.

Serbia: Coronavirus and the media


Earlier this month, the latest Freedom House report on the state of democracy in former communist countries concluded that Serbia, together with Montenegro and Hungary, can no longer be regarded as a democracy.

29. apr 2020.

CoE warns of rising number of attacks on Serbian media


The Council of Europe (CoE) said in its annual press freedom report that the number of attacks on media, including death threats, is on the rise in Serbia, adding that “inflammatory rhetoric often comes from public officials”.

17. apr 2020.

Most people are in quarantine, but the enemies of press freedom are not

By Marija Sajkas (New York)

Some governments, as well as other actors, abuse the sanitary emergency to violate press freedom. Their actions range from repressive laws, allowing arbitrary prosecutions, to hate campaigns against critical journalists, says Pavol Szalai, a new Head of European Union & Balkans Desk of Reporters Without Borders.

20. nov 2019.

Independent Serbian TV channel subjected to smear campaigns, intimidation


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Serbian government to stop supporting and instead publicly condemn attempts to intimidate N1, Serbia’s only major independent TV channel, whose journalists have been subjected to repeated, systematic defamatory attacks by the government and pro-government media in recent weeks.

06. okt 2019.

KRIK’s Journalist Family House Broken Into


The family house of KRIK’s journalist Milica Vojinovic was broken into while she and her family were abroad. Her cousin found a ransacked home today. The case will be reported to the police and to a group for journalists’ safety.

25. sep 2019.

Politicians who view journalists as enemies or security threats encourage attacks

Written by Marija Šajkaš

Populists emphasize domestic isolationism and security over all else, including and especially freedom of the media and expression. This framing puts our safety and our freedoms at odds, when actually, we can't have one without the other, and positions journalists and media workers as a threat to that safety, says Jennifer Adams, international expert focused on protection of female journalists on the Internet

17. sep 2019.

Podcast – The war online: Abuse and harassment, and what journalists are doing about it (AUDIO)

Journalists are increasingly the target of insults or threats from individuals or groups online, which can have physical impacts and should no longer be seen as separate from the offline world. The goal of the harassment? Censorship. And women bear the brunt of the abuse, which is usually gendered and sexualised. In this episode: Ceyda Karan, Turkish journalist, Marija Vucic, Serbian journalist with KRIK Crime and Corruption Reporting Network,  Nighat Dad, lawyer, founder of the Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan, and  Viktorya Vilk, manager of special projects, Free Expression Programmes, PEN America

09. jul 2019.

Coliver: How Trump has shaken up the system that in the U.S. guarantees full freedom of expression

Written by Marija Šajkaš

The argument could be made that the system right now is out of balance; that our tradition of tolerance doesn’t quite know what to do with this new situation where the President makes statements that are inflammatory, says Sandra Coliver for Cenzolovka. Coliver is a world-renowned expert for freedom of media and expression, and in this interview, she talks about an extraordinary protections of speech in the U.S. guaranteed by the First Amendment.

25. jun 2019.

Broadcaster warns of “slow strangulation” of media plurality in Serbia


The owner of N1, one of the few remaining mainstream independent media outlets in Serbia, says media plurality in the EU accession candidate country is subject to “slow strangulation," the Beta news agency carried on Monday an interview intellinews.com had with Aleksandra Subotic, the United Group CEO.

17. jun 2019.

Freedom House: media freedom being suffocated in Serbia

Media companies in Serbia are finding it increasingly difficult to do their job, with journalists often dubbed “traitors” and “foreign mercenaries”, while President Aleksandar Vučić and the Serbian government are following in the footsteps of Hungary and its Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, according to the report “Freedom and the media: A Downward Spiral”. Freedom House also adds that there has been a noticeable decline in media freedom since Vučić came to power.

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