Three Freedoms Under the Magnifying Glass: February 23 – March 7, 2024

Belgrade, March 7, 2024

Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia

February 23 – March 7, 2024

 

In the observed period, the representatives of the authorities continued to make accusations against independent media and civil society organizations.

As he announced, Aleksandar Šapić continues to refuse to answer questions from N1 television. At the press conference, after the second attempt to constitute the city assembly, Šapić listened, but refused to answer the question of a journalist from this television. A day later, at a conference in the premises of the Serbian Progressive Party, prime minister Ana Brnabić “joined in solidarity” with Šapić in refusing to answer journalists’ questions and thus stood in solidarity with the violation of the Constitution and the disrespect of the citizens of Serbia.

Targeting of the media by high-ranking state officials is also transferred to the local level, and often results in arrogant treatment of local journalists. A security officer of the Municipality of Inđija kicked out the journalist of the IN Media portal, Verica Mariničić, from the Municipality building, where at that moment a meeting of the residents with the President of the Municipality was taking place. Security physically pushed the journalist out, stating that she was “not on the list”.

On February 27, the police searched the apartments of several members of the Military Union, including the apartment of the president of that union, Novica Antić. Antić was arrested together with two other members of the union leadership, on suspicion of having committed the criminal offense of embezzlement. However, the lawyers of those arrested believe that political motives are behind this action.

You can find more details about these cases in the full report below.