15 September 2005

Alert

Correspondent for Belgrade daily attacked


Incident details

Vladimir Mitric

journalist(s)

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a letter by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate:

H.E. Vojislav Kostunica
Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Fax: +381 11 3617 609

H.E. Dragan Jocic
Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Fax: +381 11 3617 814

Vienna, 15 September 2005

Your Excellency,

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is alarmed about the recent physical attack on a journalist in Serbia.

According to information before SEEMO, on 12 September, Vladimir Mitric, Loznica correspondent for the Belgrade daily Vecernje novosti, was beaten by an unknown assailant at the entrance of the building where he lives. The attacker hit Mitric with a hard object rolled in a cloth and escaped only after Mitric's neighbour appeared. Mitric was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

SEEMO regards this physical attack as a flagrant violation of press freedom. We ask Your Excellencies to ensure an immediate investigation into this case and to take all necessary legal steps to find the perpetrators.

We would like to remind Your Excellencies that only four years ago another local correspondent of Vecernje novosti, Milan Pantic from Jagodina, was killed and his murderers have still not been found. Also, the 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija has not yet been solved.

At present, the press freedom situation in Serbia is alarming. The number of attacks on journalists has increased in the past months, including threats against the staff of the broadcaster RTV B92 and the daily newspaper Danas. SEEMO would also like to stress that a safe working environment for journalists, without any pressure, is a fundamental principle in every democratic society.

We thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Vujovic
SEEMO Secretary General



Source

International Press Institute
Spiegelgasse 2
1010 Vienna
Austria
ipi (@) freemedia.at
Fax:+43 1 5129014
Serbia

IFEX members working in this country 1

 
More from Serbia
  • Serbian Media Scene vs. European Standards, Report based on Council of Europe's Indicators for Media in a Democracy, 2012

    The report points out that the blind spot of the Serbian media system are informal alliances of ruling political forces and big industrial and commercial businesses which are allowed to infiltrate the media in a non-transparent way and fulfill through them the common interests of the state and the businesses.

  • Freedom of the Press 2017: Serbia

    Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić and allied media outlets, particularly the Informer tabloid, continued a campaign to portray investigative and critical media as foreign-backed propagandists.

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Serbia

    In June 2015, a trial opened against four former state security officials accused of the 1999 murder of investigative journalist Slavko Ćuruvija.