Curuvija, who was gunned down by secret police officers during the 1999 NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, had previously been attacked by media allies of Slobodan Milosevic. The man who pulled the trigger was not among the convicted.
Unidentified individuals threw a molotov cocktail through the journalist’s window in the early hours of 12 December, then fired shots to prevent his family fleeing the burning house.
Corruption reporter Cvetkovic went missing on 13 June, prompting a massive police search operation; on 15 June, the President of Serbia announced that the journalist was alive and undergoing police questioning.
Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic is a well-known critic of the local authorities, against whom he filed a complaint of misuse of public funds in 2014, and recently raised questions about the role of the three officials in various criminal matters.
RSF condemns local radio journalist Luka Popov’s murder in northern Serbia and calls on the authorities to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.
The media accuse the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of putting political pressure on journalists, while Prime Aleksandar Vucic has described the protests as an “attempt to destabilize” Serbia and has called for parliamentary elections in April, two years ahead of schedule.
“The property damage at Human Right House is part of the series of violent attacks against journalists, politicians, academics and open-minded government officials in Serbia,” said Robert Herman, vice-president for international programs. “
Investigative journalist Ivan Ninic was beaten in front of his home as he was locking his car. Ninic is the author of approximately 300 articles and investigative stories – a large number of which were published on the anti-corruption website Pistaljka.
TV B92 has announced that it has decided to indefinitely postpone a program called “Reporter.” Their decision was guided by security concerns and the desire to protect their journalists.
The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) calls on the municipal authorities in Bajina Basta to refrain from violating the right to freedom of expression and the right to be informed, and reconsider their decision on the 2015 budget.
Since May 2014 alone, Index’s European Union-funded Mapping Media Freedom has received 48 reports of violations against Serbian media including attacks to property and intimidation and physical violence.
That press freedom was a popular topic on the night did not comes as a surprise. Serbia has seen a string of censorship incidents during Vucic’s time in power, as Index and many others have reported.
A group of some 30 hooligans attacked the B92 building and the police securing the building on 28 September 2014. The attack happened after B92 reported during the day from the Belgrade Pride and after it featured a series of programs about Pride on its radio, television and web site.
The website “Pеščаnik” was exposed to hacking attacks on 27 August 2014, after having been a target of similar attacks at the beginning of June, when it published a text by a group of authors who claimed that the doctoral thesis of the Minister of Interior is plagiarized.