OSCE: Serbian authorities need to prosecute all cases of violence against journalists

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Source/Author: Beta/N1

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Serbia on Monday urged the Serbian authorities to investigate and prosecute all cases of violence against journalists.

“More journalists were attacked in Serbia. These unacceptable acts hamper the state of media freedom and democracy in the country. The authorities should systematically investigate and prosecute all cases of violence against journalists, in line with their OSCE commitments,” OSCE representative on freedom of the media Teresa Ribeiro wrote in a post on the X social medial platform a day after the Serbian local elections in which attacks on journalists were reported.

She reposted a statement by OSCE Serbia, which said it “deplores threats and attacks on journalists while reporting on elections on 2 June.”

The OSCE mission to Serbia said “journalists have a crucial role in covering elections,” and urged “political leaders, public officials and authorities to unequivocally condemn and promptly investigate all cases of violence and threats against journalists, in line with 2018 OSCE MC Decision on the Safety of Journalists.”

Source: N1