Serbia

Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the start of 2019 has seen a wave of sustained protest in Serbia. For the past nine weeks, citizens and media rights activists have taken to the streets of Belgrade calling for reform. Among other things, one of the key issues highlighted by participants is rising restrictions on media freedoms. Read more

Media freedoms in sharp focus as 1 in 5 million protests continue

Anti-government protests continue amid concerns critical voices are being suppressed

The EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), has expressed concern over the lack of progress being made on freedom of expression in Serbia.

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Anti-government protests continue amid concerns critical voices are being suppressed

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

The last few months in 2018 witnessed several attacks against CSOs and human rights activists. A government campaign was initiated against a number of human rights organisations following an open letter to Federica Mogerini, the EU High Commissioner for Security and Foreign Affairs from CSOs. Read more

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Nobel prize nominee threatened by supporters of a populist party, protests held to push for the end of term for a member of parliament convicted of war crimes, international women's day march held in Belgrade and various instances of harassment of independent media and journalists. Read more

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Inflammatory language from politicians sparks threats and attacks against journalists

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for independent journalism remain a serious concern in Serbia. This update covers a number of key incidents relating to freedom of expression which took place at the end of 2017 and at the start of 2018. Read more

Inflammatory language from politicians sparks threats and attacks against journalists

Civil society mounts backlash against rampant attacks on journalists

Given the concerning situation with media freedoms, Serbian media outlets and CSOs blacked out their websites or went off the air in protest on 28th September 2017 to decry the assault on media freedom. Rallying under the hashtags #StopMedijskomMraku, #ZaSloboduMedija and #StojimUzVranjske (#StopMediaDarkness, #ForMediaFreedom and #I'mWithVranjske), the groups were prompted to take action after the news portal Vranjske announced the cessation of their activities due to mounting political and economic demands from authorities. Read more

Civil society mounts backlash against rampant attacks on journalists

Investigative journalism under attack: CIVICUS Monitor speaks to award-winning journalist

In Serbia's last update to the CIVICUS Monitor, we detailed a worrying situation where threats against investigative journalists have been ratcheted up in recent months. In this context, and with growing fears over self-censorship among independent Serbian media outlets, the CIVICUS Monitor recently spoke to award winning journalist and anti-corruption activist, Dragana Peco to find out more. Read more

Investigative journalism under attack: CIVICUS Monitor speaks to award-winning journalist

Serbian women in the media face threats, intimidation and harassment

In this update, we detail worrying examples of threats, harassment and intimidation being used to silence critical journalists and enfeeble investigative reporting in Serbia. In particular, female media workers have been disproportionately targetted as the space for media freedom continues to close. Read more

Serbian women in the media face threats, intimidation and harassment

Inauguration Day attacks on journalists signal decline in media freedom

On 1st June 2017, journalists were verbally and physically attacked during the inauguration of Serbian President Alexsander Vučić. Vučić, who previously served as Prime Minister from 2014 to 2017, won the presidential election on 2nd April 2017. Read more

Inauguration Day attacks on journalists signal decline in media freedom

Prosecution and intimidation of independent journalists persists

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for investigative journalism in Serbia have become more difficult in recent months. Read more

Prosecution and intimidation of independent journalists persists