Serbia

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, threats against journalists have emerged as a worrying trend in Serbia. In this update, covering August - September 2019, we report state interference in the work of media outlets has also continued unabated. Read more

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

On 29th August 2019, The Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) published a hidden report by the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM). The report had investigated the representation of political actors during the election campaign from 4th March to 21st April 2016 and had mysteriously vanished after the elections. The report points to the uneven representation of electoral actors with a drastic advantage in favour of the ruling party. This is attributed to the privatisation of media which has led to a worrying imbalance in the media market. Read more

Serbia's iron grip on media under the spotlight as new information emerges

The CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Civic Initiatives

As documented by the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for civil society in Serbia in 2019 have witnessed a sharp decline. In our previous update, we highlighted a litany of violations against independent journalists and civil society groups. In fact, Serbia is currently on the CIVICUS Monitor's watchlist of countries where there is an emerging and ongoing threat to civil society. To find out more, the CIVICUS Monitor recently spoke to Bojana Selaković from Civic Initiatives. Read more

The CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Civic Initiatives

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns have been rising over a perceived increase in state affiliated civil society. Most worryingly, these groups have been shown to play a role in smearing and harassing independent civil society groups that are critical of the government. Read more

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Persistent smears and threats against critical voices has created a constricted environment for independent journalism in Serbia. On several occasions recently, the Programme Director of N1, Jugoslav Ćosić and other journalists have been threatened. Often these threats and smears have revolved around journalists being portrayed as foreign mercenaries or anti-Serb traitors. Read more

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, protests against President Aleksandar Vučić entered the fifteenth consecutive week. While all of the previous protests had taken place peacefully, on 18th March 2019 a mobilisation in Belgrade turned violent. Clashes took place between protesters and police after participants broke into National Radio Television (RTS), led by opposition representative Boško Obradović. Read more

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

Weekly "1 of 5 million" protests continue across Serbia

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, Serbia has witnessed a wave of sustained protest since 2018. An attack on the leader of the Serbian Left party, Borko Stefanović and two of his party colleagues on 23rd November 2018 sparked protests around the country. Since then, protests have continued across Serbia. Read more

Weekly "1 of 5 million" protests continue across 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