Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic on July 17 harshly condemned Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj for hurling insults at Belgrade daily Danas reporter Snezana Congradin in the Serbian parliament.
On July 16, Seselj took the floor saying he would sentence Congradin to 20 years in prison for writing that Serbia had committed genocide in Srebrenica.
Seselj made a number of insulting remarks about Congradin’s physical appearance.
Jankovic described Seselj’s remarks as misogynistic, sexist and utterly offensive.
She stressed that the attack on the reporter suggested that communication that was inadmissible was becoming common practice and was being tolerated, particularly in confrontation with women in public.
“It is inadmissible and prohibited by law for discriminatory statements, insults and disparagement based on appearance, health condition or any other personal attribute to be a dominant way of expressing different political opinion in public. This particularly applies to MPs and all other public officials,” Jankovic stressed.