“Serbian authorities must ensure the safety and well-being of investigative journalist Milan Jovanović and bring those responsible for today’s arson attack on his property to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

The house of Jovanović, a reporter for the independent news website Žig Info, was set ablaze in the Belgrade suburb of Vrčin when a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his garage window early this morning; unidentified persons fired shots at his front door to prevent the family from leaving the house, local and regional media reported. Jovanović and his wife were able to escape through the back window and watched as their entire property, including a car, burned down, the reports said.” (CPJ)

“Media freedom, as one of the basic human rights and the foundation of every democratic and law respecting country, is imperiled in Serbia, hate speech and political abuse of media are spreading, while the number of attacks on journalists is on the rise, an analysis said, the Beta news agency reported.

The survey ‘Freedom of expression and media freedom in Serbia in the EU integration process’ presented in the European Union Centre in Belgrade analysed current state and future trends in six related negotiating chapters from 2014, when Serbia adopted media laws, until September 2018.” (N1)