Three Freedoms Under the Magnifying Glass: 16-31 January

Belgrade, January 31, 2020 

Review of violations of freedom of association, assembly and expression in Serbia 16-31 January 2020


The past two weeks have been marked primarily by a conflict between United Media and cable operator Supernova, which is owned by the state-owned firm Telecom, where about one million viewers were prevented from watching N1 television. The conflict was also commented on by senior state officials, who also had objections on the work of N1 television. The aforementioned television has repeatedly been the target of organized cyber attacks, which made impossible for them to inform its viewers. Due to the difficult financial situation, which resulted, among other things, from the constant violation of the law and the failure to call for tenders for co-financing media content, the oldest weekly from Kragujevac and the only printed media in this city is in jeopardy of shutting down.

Representatives of 20 civil society organisations signed in Belgrade the Three Freedoms Platform for the Protection of Civic Space in the Republic of Serbia, in order to protect and promote the freedom of association, assembly and information.The Platform is intended to act as a joint block of civil society organizations (associations, professional organizations, foundations, endowments, and other forms of associations including informal groups of citizens) to stand for the protection of endangered freedoms and create conditions for unhindered participation of citizens in public affairs through civil society development.

* Civic Initiatives as a partner of CIVICUS Monitor for Serbia send bi-weekly reports in English since August 2018.  Learn more about the CIVICUS Monitor here.