Urgent message to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabič

Dear Mr. President, dear Ms. Prime Minister

We urge the Serbian authorities to defend the rights of journalists, editors and broadcasters to do their jobs without intimidation.  

Urgent message to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister Ana Brnabič

We call on politicians in Serbia to guarantee that all broadcasters can work independently without political interference and we ask the public broadcaster to respect the Serbian Code of Professional Ethics in reporting and report about all public events and protests in an impartial, balanced and unbiased way.

We call on the protestors in Belgrade and other towns to respect the right of all journalists to do their jobs. Whatever their medium, all journalists, camera crews and media workers must have the right to work freely without threats or physical or online attacks.

We ask all media in Serbia to stop attacking other media. We also call on all politicians in Serbia, including those in power and opposition, to refrain from attacking media that express different political or editorial views.

In this, we support the European Federation of Journalists’ call for restraint.

The government must ensure that this human right under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights is upheld in Serbia, both this weekend and in the coming weeks and months.

Today we also welcome the court decisions in the case of the murder of media owner and editor Slavko Curuvija in the year 1999. And we salute the work of the Serbian Commission to Investigate the Murders of Journalists and the Slavko Curuvija Foundation.

European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

South East Europe Media Organisation