Under the common narrative that “CSOs are foreign mercenaries and enemies of the state”, the “Srpski Telegraf” tabloid published an article entitled "Western Megaphones Get Millions" presenting unverified information about financial transactions, donors and projects carried out by media and civil society organisations. The Crime and Corruption Investigation Network (KRIK) was targeted by an organised media campaign after publishing an article with transcripts of the interrogation of Veljko Belivuk, head of a criminal group suspected of serious crimes, revealing alleged connections of the criminal group with the President’s family. Several journalists were also targeted during this period.
“We also call on the relevant institutions, as well as all actors in society, to join the fight against a new wave of pressure on the media and CSOs, and to oppose these and such abuses, which lead to a further collapse of democracy and the rule of law....the position of media and civil society in Serbia has long been marked as unfavourable according to the reports of all relevant international organisations.” (translated from Serbian).
Police fined citizens who supported the protest of the Initiative "For a roof over your head" in front of the Presidency building, which was staged as the Kocic family was forcefully evicted from their apartment. Citizens came to protest in solidarity with the family, who was evicted despite paying the entire debt on their house. Among the participants in the protest were members of the Kocic family, who tried to enter the Presidency building in order to seek protection from authorities, but were prevented from doing so by the communal police.