Actual attacks on journalists, N1, Belgrade, 27.08.2019.

Near the stadium “Rajko Mitic”, ahead of the football game between Red Star – Young Boys, the N1 television crew tried to find out what was the fans’ attitude about setting up a tank near the stadium of Red Star. While recording their first interviewee, from the crowd they heard some abusive names like “spies”, “thieves”, “American mercenaries”… After the cameraman and journalist tried to avoid the incident and decided to move to the other side of the street, a group of young men continued to follow them. “I found the interviewees, I didn’t see them coming from behind, and when I asked a question, one of the guys grabbed the camera lens, tried to grab and break the microphone and when he failed, he ripped the sponge off the microphone and throw it on the floor”, said N1 journalist Mladen Savatovic.

Contry SR
Name and Surname TV N1 Crew
Gender Group
Date 27/08/2019
City / Location
Type of incident Actual attacks on journalists
Type of media Radio and television
Source TV N1
Was journalist`s association informed Yes
What was journalists' association reaction IJAS strongly condemned the incident and called on the police and the prosecution to identify the abusers and take legal action against them. IJAS also called on the Red Star management to publicly condemn the behavior of "fans". The Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety also reacted.