Attacks on media outlets and organizations, KRIK, Belgrade, 22.07.2019.

After KRIK published story about Predrag Mali, brother of Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali, tabloid Srpski telegraf published article “How is the plan for the collapse of government and Serbian President being implemented: They attack Vucic even through the babies“ in which they publishing false accusations against KRIK, they claimed that journalist approached Predrag Mali’s wife while she was with her baby and followed her to the entrance of the building.

These claims have been supported by security camera footage that allegedly depicts how the KRIK’s journalist followed Mali’s wife. Video, according to the statement of KRIK, shows an unknown male, who obviously is not one of KRIK team members. Also, Milan Ladjevic, editor-in-chief of Serbian Telegraph in a morning TV show on Pink television accused KRIK of using the “Japanese surveillance method” and that it is part of some secret operation “Omča”, allegedly carried out by Western embassies in order to crash Aleksandar Vučić and the SNS from power.

Several government representatives have been quoted it that same article – Zorana Mihajlovic, Goran Vesic, Miroslav Lazanski, Vojislav Seselj, Nikola Nikodijevic, Milos Vucevic and Dubravka Filipovski.

Contry SR
Name and Surname KRIK
Gender Group
Date 22/07/2019
City / Location Belgrade, Serbia
Type of incident Attacks on media outlets and organizations
Type of media online
Source KRIK
Public prosecutor The man who allegedly followed the wife of Predrag Mali, brother of the Minister of Finance, and for whom the pro-government tabloid Serbian Telegraph falsely claimed to be a KRIK journalist, was identified and interrogated in the First Basic Prosecutor's Office.
Was journalist`s association informed Yes
What was journalists' association reaction IJAS condemned synchronized attacks by pro-regime tabloids and state officials against the KRIK investigative journalism portal. IJAS warned that this case is another in the series of brutal pressures on journalists in recent years.