Serbia

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

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