The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is seriously concerned by recent media developments in Serbia.
Media workers labour under pressure, either due to ownership structures, editorial policies, or fear of losing their jobs. Renowned journalists refrain from criticizing politicians.
The latest troubling case is the dismissal of Antonela Riha, a long-time journalist and writer for the weekly NIN. She was suddenly dismissed from her position due to alleged redundancy.
SEEMO declares its support for media workers in Serbia and calls on authorities to step forward and react to contemporary media freedom violations. “Journalists in Serbia are obviously working under great pressure. This hostile environment is not good for free speech, media rights or the development of democracy. We insist on the protection of media workers and enhancement of their rights. No forms of inapropriate pressure can be tolerated”, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic stated.