Independent journalism in Serbia faces one of its deepest crises in years.
Media workers regularly face orchestrated smear campaigns, verbal harassment, physical attacks, damage to property, and major pressure from state and non-state actors. Leading political figures are adding fuel to the fire, discrediting journalists and undermining their watchdog role. As a result, Serbia remains one of the most dangerous countries in Europe to work as a journalist.
To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the MFRR is holding a webinar to take a closer look at the conditions which have allowed this hostile climate for independent media to thrive, and what can be done to address it. The webinar follows a recent mission to Belgrade, joined by MFRR partners, to mark the 24 year anniversary of the murder of leading Serbian editor and publisher Slavko Ćuruvija.
Participating in the webinar are Rade Đurić, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (IJAS); Jelena Zorić, journalist and Ivana Stevanović from the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation.