A number of attacks against the media in Serbia, including death threats against journalists, went up in 2019, says an annual report by the Council of Europe's Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists.
Inflammatory rhetoric often comes from government officials, says a report issued on April 29 by the Council's partner organizations, "Hands off Press Freedom: Attacks on Media in Europe must not Become a new Normal."
The Platform published 21 active warnings for Serbia by Dec. 31, while the state responded to four out of six new cases that were reported in 2019.
"One of the most serious intimidation cases was in February, when the N1 television station received a letter whose author threatened to kill its journalists and their families, and to blow up the offices," the report has warned, recalling that for those threats a 70-year man from Novi Pazar was sentenced to eight months in prison.
The report welcomes a sentence issued to four former security officers for the murder of Slavko Curuvija, nothing though that no progress had been made in the investigation of another journalist, Dada Vujasinovic's murder.