Media watchdog warns of pressure on independent Serbian TV

November 20, 2019 - 7:45 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A media watchdog group has warned that an independent television in Serbia is facing intimidation and a smear campaign from pro-government media and officials.

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday urged the Serbian government to “stop supporting and instead publicly condemn” what ii described as “repeated, systematic defamatory attacks” against journalists at regional broadcaster N1.

Pauline Adès-Mevel, head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk, said that “the sole aim of this campaign, which is based on statements and speculation that are discriminatory and offensive, is to intimidate and scare these journalists.”

Pro-government media and officials have suggested that President Aleksandar Vucic’s health deteriorated recently because of questions posed by an N1 journalist.

Vucic, however, dismissed the speculation after he was released from hospital. He had been admitted with cardiovascular problems.

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