The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) expresses deepest concerns regarding the insults and death threats targeting Dino Jahić, the editor-in-chief of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS). The EFJ joined the Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ safety in calling on the Serbian and Bosnian authorities to stop discrediting journalists and respect media pluralism as well as freedom of speech.
The smear campaign against Dino Jahić started on 21 August 2018, when Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb-dominated entity in Bosnia (Republika Srpska), accused during a press conference Dino Jahić of drawing on huge international and Western funds to “topple political structures in the region”. Dodik’s press conference was relayed by several news outlets that sought to discredit CINS and Jahić, according to the EFJ affiliates.
Since then, Dino Jahić has been facing insults and death threats on social networks. The verbal attacks took the form of disparaging comments but also hate speech regarding Jahic’s origin, as well as explicit death threats, such as “someone should make a hole in his skull”. Some of his colleagues were also targeted. The case was reported to the Council of Europe platform for the safety of journalists.
Credit photo: screenshot of Dino Jahic’s Twitter profile