Serbian authorities must investigate the murder of Luka Popov

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today condemned the murder of radio journalist Luka Popov in Srpski Krstur, Serbia. The Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) and the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (NUNS), two EFJ affiliates, and the Journalists Association of Vojvodina (DNV) have urged the police to carry out a swift investigation of this murder. Luka Popov, 60 years old, journalist for local radio stations in Čoka and Novi Kneževac, was killed on 16 June in his home in Srpski Krstur. He was found dead by his brother, this morning. The EFJ joined the alert about this tragic event published on Mapping…

What journalists unions, governments and employers must do to defend freedom of association ?

Journalists from across the Balkans and Eastern Europe met in Belgrade (Serbia) on 10-11 October 2015 to discuss the status of journalism in the region and the campaign for freedom of association to enable journalists to freely organise in unions. They discussed the struggles facing journalists, the precariousness of their employment, the low salaries and poor contracts the hostility of employers to journalists unions and the pervading climate of insecurity and fear. This is a struggle not just for improved conditions for journalists, but for a healthy and vibrant journalists sector that can play its democratic role in serving the…

EFJ and IFJ denounce beating of Serbian journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European organisation, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), denounce the beating of a Serbian journalist on 27 august and support their affiliates in Serbia, the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS), the Journalists’ Union of Serbia (SINOS) and the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS) in their call for the attacks’ perpetrators to be tracked down and brought to justice. Investigative journalist Ivan Ninic, 27, was beaten on August 27 in front of his home as he was locking his car in the parking lot. Two young men attacked him brutally using metal…

Mass dismissal at Swiss group Ringier Axel Springer Serbia

на српском The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has condemned the Swiss media group Ringier Axel Springer Media AG for the mass dismissal of journalists and media employees at Serbian media outlets (Blic, Alo, 24 casa, NIN, Blic, Zena Plusand,…) operated by the group. The EFJ gave strong backing to its Serbian affiliates UNS (The Journalists’ Association of Serbia – JAS) and NUNS (the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia – IJAS). In a letter sent to the management of the Swiss media group, the EFJ called on the management to investigate serious claims made by media professionals about the unofficial…

The invisible hand of self-censorship in Serbia

A round-table on media freedom in Serbia discussed at the European Parliament the dramatically worsening media crisis in Serbia. Maja Vasic Nikolic representing EFJ affiliate NUNS outlined the atmosphere of impunity towards attacks on journalists in Serbia. Only for 2015 14 threats against journalists are recorded so far. “As long as the Serbian government sees media as a tool for achieving short term political goals, and not as a fourth power, not much will change”, said Nicolic and pleaded for transparency in ownership, freedom of expression and journalism in the public interest. Sletlana Mesarovic from the online news portal Pescanik referred to…

Serbia

JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION OF SERBIA (JAS) – UNS Address Resavska 28 11000 Belgrade Staff President: Vladimir Radomirović – vladimir.radomirovic(at)uns(dot)rs acting Secretary General:-Dragana Bjelica  Dragana.bjelica(at)uns(dot)rs Phone +381 11 323 6337 Email press(at)uns.org(dot)rs Contact Person : Dragana Bjelica (unsinfo(at)uns.org(dot)rs) Website www.uns.org.rs     INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION (IJAS) – NUNS Address Resavska 28 11000 Beograd Staff President: Slaviša Lekić – predsednik(at)nuns(dot)rs Secretary General: Svetozar Rakovic –  sekretar(at)nuns(dot)rs Phone +381 11 323 6337 Email nuns(at)nuns(dot)rs Contact Person Slaviša Lekić predsednik(at)nuns(dot)rs  Website www.nuns.rs     JOURNALISTS’ UNION OF SERBIA (SINOS) Address Resavska 28 11000 Beograd Staff President: Dragana Cabarkapa; Vice President: Dejan Gligorijevic at dejan.g(at)rts(dot)rs  Phone +381 11 32 36 337 Email sinos(at)ptt(dot)rs…