The Reporters Without Borders international media watchdog on Nov. 18 condemned what it termed increasingly frequent attacks on N1 TV as the only big independent television network in Serbia, adding that it would be much more important to focus on the Serbian tabloids publishing hate speech and attacking journalists.
According to a statement Pauline Ades-Mevel, head of the RSF office covering the European Union and Balkans, gave to Radio Free Europe, the attacks on N1 TV have become more frequent in recent weeks.
Ades-Mevel said RSF condemned the attack on N1 editor Jugoslav Cosic and the distribution of leaflets calling for N1 to leave Serbia, executed by masked persons, while the network broadcast an interview with Albin Kurti, candidate for premier of Kosovo.
She added that threats over social media had been recorded, too.
Ades-Mevel added that she had read that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and people in his immediate circle had blamed a recent decline in his health partly on "attacks from N1 reporters."