A body designed to coordinate the structured debate on Serbia’s accession to the EU expressed on Saturday concern over President Aleksandar Vucic’s recent claim that foreigners had established a media network tasked with discrediting Serb politicians from Kosovo.
His statement was "severely attacking and labelling independent media,” said the National Convention on the EU, NKEU, along with two other negotiating groups, including one charged with freedom of expression and media.
Vucic had claimed the intention of the foreigners was to lead a media campaign that would “criminalise” Serbs in the northern part of Kosovo. Such “random statements have a negative impact on the work of independent media and jeopardise their safety in the complex circumstances they are operating under,” NKEA warned.
"We expect Serbia’s President to send messages of encouragement and support for independent media, particularly those which operate in areas where citizen's rights and security are jeopardized daily,” the group said, reminding Vucic of his own prior statement where he said that he has never divided Serbs into good ones and bad ones and has since 2012 not labelled anyone as traitor and foreign mercenary.