21. maj 2024.

New report highlights growing risk for environmental journalism


UNESCO published a report entitled “Press and planet in danger”, showcasing the trends and challenges of the safety of environmental journalists. It shows a spike in attacks over the last five years (2019-2023) with a 42% increase compared to the 2014-2018 period, making the situation more serious than ever. 

10. maj 2024.

In Serbia, a ‘witch-hunt’ for journalists who don’t toe government line

Piše Attila Mong

“A real epidemic of attacks.” That’s the way Serbian journalist, advocate, and professor Dinko Gruhonjić characterized the state of press freedom in his country in a recent op-ed for the media-focused news site Cenzolovka. Gruhonjić faced severe online harassment after a doctored video in which he appears to praise a war criminal was circulated online in March.

11. apr 2024.

Safety and justice: demanding accountability for attacks against journalists in Serbia


Commemorating 25 years since the brutal murder of Serbian journalist Slavko Ćuruvija, media freedom organisations unite to condemn continued impunity in this case and demand accountability for all acts of violence against journalists in Serbia. The recent acquittal of security officers accused of Ćuruvija’s murder, as well as the escalating attacks against journalists in Novi Sad, underscore the urgent need for authorities to act and protect press freedom in Serbia.

21. mar 2024.

Serbia: escalating threats and attacks against journalists in Novi Sad


The escalation of threats and violence suffered by journalists in Novi Sad, northern Serbia, has reached an unprecedented level in the past fortnight. The undersigned organisations urge the Serbian authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the persistent attacks on journalists and ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted accordingly.

07. mar 2024.

8 March: IFJ stands with women journalists in Gaza


Since the start of the war in Gaza, Palestine, on 7 October, journalists and media workers have been specifically targeted. Women journalists have paid a particularly heavy price as women, reporters and mothers. On International Women’s Day, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Gender Council and all IFJ affiliates pay tribute to the courage of women journalists in Gaza and demand safety and the end of the war atrocities, including any form of gender-based violence against women.

06. feb 2024.

Acquittal for state security officers linked to the assassination of Serbian journalist Slavko Ćuruvija

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, in April 1999, Slavko Ćuruvija was shot dead at the entrance to his apartment in Belgrade. After all these years, those responsible for the murder have not been held accountable for their actions. On 2 February, the Court of Appeals in Belgrade declared that, after a retrial, it has acquitted four Serbian state security officers of any involvement in the murder of the journalist.

06. feb 2024.

Serbia: hundreds protest acquittals in journalist’s murder


Hundreds protested in Belgrade today over a court ruling that acquitted four former intelligence officers jailed for the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) stands in solidarity with the demonstrators gathered to demand an end to impunity. The protest was organised by the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation, together with the EFJ affiliates in Serbia (UNS, NUNS, KUM Nezavisnost), NDNV, Media Association, AOM, Local Press and ANEM.

06. feb 2024.

#IFJBlog- Serbia: Darkness and despair, return of the deep state

Author Jelena L. Petković

Eerie despair. No way out and no hope. The vicious hand of the 1990’s deep state continues to hold us in their grip. This is the situation in which the Serbian journalistic community finds itself after the publication on Friday 2 February of the Belgrade Court of Appeal’ final verdict acquitting the suspected murderers of Slavko Ćuruvija, journalist and publisher of Dnevni Telegraf and Evropljanin, who was killed in 1999.

02. feb 2024.

Slavko Curuvija Foundation is shocked by the Court of Appeal verdict: A country not punishing murderers has no future

Slavko Curuvija Foundation is shocked by the Court of Appeal’s decision to set free former members of the State Security Service accused of the murder of Slavko Curuvija. This is a deeply disturbing judgment for family, friends, colleagues and followers of the journalist and publisher who was murdered because he had been publicly criticising the criminal regime of Slobodan Milosevic. This judgment is a clear sign that the state is not capable of fighting the darkest spots of its own services from the 1990s and that they continue to have a massive impact on the judiciary and political processes in Serbia.

12. jan 2024.

IPI call to action: The international community must act urgently to protect journalists, civilians in Gaza and the region


The IPI global network calls on the international community to take urgent and immediate action to ensure the safety of all journalists in Gaza and the region. We urge all states, including allies of Israel and Media Freedom Coalition members, to use all possible diplomatic means to hold Israel to its obligation to respect the rules of war, which requires states to protect journalists, as civilians, during times of armed conflict. The targeted and indiscriminate killing of journalists and civilians in Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) must stop, and perpetrators must be held fully accountable for any violations of the Geneva Conventions and other international human rights treaties and obligations.

29. dec 2023.

Serbia: We condemn the attacks against journalists during protests in Belgrade


On 24 December, several journalists and media workers were targets of insults and physical violence while reporting on protests in Belgrade that objected to alleged irregularities during general elections on 17 December. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemn the violent acts and urge the competent authorities to launch an immediate investigation.

31. okt 2023.

Serbia: IFJ demands president to investigate the killing of journalist Milan Pantić


Ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and following a visit from IFJ's president Dominique Pradalié to Serbia, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliates in demanding Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić to properly investigate the killing of journalist Milan Pantić. A society that lets journalists' killers and harassers walk free is not a democracy.

31. okt 2023.

RSF video investigation into the death of Reuters reporter Issam Abdallah in Lebanon: the journalists’ vehicle was explicitly targeted


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released a video reconstruction of the tragedy that resulted in the death of one journalist and the injury of several others. The initial findings of the investigation show that the reporters were not collateral victims of the shooting. One of their vehicles, marked "press", was targeted, and it was also clear that the group stationed next to it was journalists.

23. okt 2023.

The Permanent Working Group for the Safety of Journalists visits Norway with the aim of strengthening preventive mechanisms to protect the safety of journalists

In cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, the Permanent Working Group for the Safety of Journalists (PWG) visited Norway from 16 to 18 October meeting numerous institutions and organizations dealing with media freedom and the safety of media workers.