13. okt 2023.

Israel and Palestine: IFJ calls on UNESCO to protect journalists


Since the outbreak of the armed conflict between Hamas and Israel, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has been in constant dialogue with its Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS), who organise journalists in the Gaza Strip, as well as being in contact Israeli journalists. The IFJ and its affiliates around the world call on Unesco to do its utmost to protect journalists and demand that the warring parties de-escalate the violence, which will only result in civilian casualties, particularly journalists.

04. okt 2023.

Serbia: New draft media laws represent another step backward for media freedom

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joins its partner organisations in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) in raising the alarm about two draft media laws brought forward by the Serbian government for their lack of compliance with international freedom of expression standards. If passed they would represent a regressive step with wide-ranging implications for media freedom and pluralism. As the public debate on the legislation continues, the MFRR calls on the Serbian government to withdraw the problematic changes added into the latest drafts and ensure compliance with the country’s previously agreed Media Strategy.

28. avg 2023.

Freedom for Ćuruvija’s killers?

Piše Jelka Jovanović

A month ago, I received information from a state secretary to the effect that it was certain that the verdict was ‘not guilty’, and then also from a few of our journalist colleagues who are following different trials, so, at this moment, it is more certain that this is a not guilty verdict than another one, a conviction or different forms of imprisonment, says the Chair of the Commission for Investigating the Killings of Journalists Veran Matić for Novi magazin

23. avg 2023.

An appeal to the media by the families of those killed in Experimental Elementary School „Vladislav Ribnikar“

I regard the letter from the parents of the murdered children to the editors in chief of the media as a kind of manifesto that all journalist associations and media associations should stand behind and that should be supported by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) and the Press Council, along with concrete steps from their domain of activity and responsibility. ANEM supports all requirements and calls on its members to consistently adhere to and respect them. (Veran Matić)

07. avg 2023.

From April to June, the Public Prosecutor’s Offices filed 28 cases for endangering the safety of journalists, totalling 42 cases this year

The Supreme Public Prosecutor's (SPP) report submitted to the Permanent Working Group for the Safety of Journalists (PWG), with data on actions taken in the first six months of this year, indicates that 42 cases were filed for endangering the safety of journalists - 14 in the first three months and twice as many, 28, in April (8), May (12) and June (8).

14. jun 2023.

Murder of Serbian journalist Milan Pantić: 22 years of impunity


On Monday morning, June 11, 2001, around 7:30 a.m., journalist Milan Pantić, a correspondent for Večernje Novosti in Jagodina, a small town in Serbia, was killed with three brutal blows to the head. The journalist, known for his objective and uncompromising articles on criminal affairs and corporate corruption, was just returning from the grocery store. In his hand, he was holding a loaf of bread.

25. maj 2023.

Drew Sullivan: Many of the „scoops“ by pro-government media about KRIK appear to come from surveillance

By Marija Sajkas

It's a serious misuse of state resources and a sign that Vucic will use autocratic methods to attack those who pose a risk to him.  In this case, the risk is the truth, as published by KRIK, says Drew Sullivan, one of the founders of OCCRP, a global investigative network that reports about organized crime and corruption, in the conversation for Cenzolovka.

25. maj 2023.

Permanent Working Group for Safety of Journalists: Data on assaults against journalists from January to March 2023

The Permanent Working Group for Safety of Journalists (PWG), comprising representatives of six journalistic and media associations (UNS, NUNS, NDNV, AM, ANEM, and AOM), the prosecutor’s office and the police, had a regular quarterly meeting on March 24. On that occasion, current cases of threats and assaults against journalists were discussed, information was exchanged about certain older cases, as well as examples of good practice and challenges faced by the Group. The OSCE Mission to Serbia has been participating in the work of the PWG since its establishment in January 2017.

26. apr 2023.

Serbia: Independent journalism faces biggest crisis in years


Following a visit to Belgrade on April 10 and 11 2023 to commemorate the murder anniversary of editor and publisher Slavko Ćuruvija, the International Press Institute (IPI) today joins the undersigned international press freedom and journalists’ organisations in issuing a stark warning over the state of media freedom and journalists’ safety in Serbia.

25. apr 2023.

Media freedom in Serbia: A deepening crisis


To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the MFRR is holding a webinar to take a closer look at the conditions which have allowed this hostile climate for independent media to thrive, and what can be done to address it. The webinar follows a recent mission to Belgrade, joined by MFRR partners, to mark the 24 year anniversary of the murder of leading Serbian editor and publisher Slavko Ćuruvija.

17. mar 2023.

Serbia: more efforts needed to face the past, increase safety of journalists and human rights defenders, and protect women from violence

“It is high time for Serbia to face the legacy of the past, to protect media freedom and freedom of assembly, and to fulfil its commitments on women’s rights and gender equality” said today Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a visit to the country carried out from 13 to 17 March 2023.

13. mar 2023.

Crimes against journalists go unpunished, freedom of speech targeted

Written by Jelena L. Petković

"For more than two decades families have been left in the dark and those responsible for the killings, kidnappings and disappearances of our colleagues have never been held accountable. Still, to this date, no effective investigations have been held despite a raft of resolutions, pledges and declarations to put an end to impunity. It is time for the International Commission of Experts to investigate the killings, kidnappings and disappearances of journalists and media workers in Kosovo between 1998 and 2005," Anthony Bellanger, Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

06. mar 2023.

Teresa Ribeiro on the Slavko Ćuruvija murder trial: We need to break the vicious circle of crimes and impunity

Written by Jelena L. Petković

The trial for the murder of Slavko Ćuruvija will definitely be a strong test for the judicial system and democracy in Serbia. Murder of a journalist is an extreme case and the punishment should be proportional, of course. We need to break the vicious circle of crimes and impunity, says the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, for Cenzolovka, just before the opening of the process before the Court of Appeal on Monday, 6 March.