The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was distressed by the case of Stevan Dojcinovic, a Serbian investigative journalist who was prohibited from entering Russia.
Dojcinovic was scheduled to give a lecture at the Faculty of Journalism in Voronezh, Russia. On 13 May, he was detained at the Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport despite having all the necessary documents. He was then isolated and returned to Serbia on a regular flight the following day without explanation.
SEEMO protests this prohibition, and asks that Russian authorities both explain the treatment of Dojcinovic and put an end to this type of behaviour towards foreign journalists. Freedom of the media and free expression cannot be sanctioned or prohibited. Young people, especially students of journalism, should be given the chance to hear different opinions and experiences. Media diversity is necessary.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.