The Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) on Tuesday called the authorities to react to the calls “for the murder and lynch of political rivals and journalists” voiced by Serbian Right (Srpska Desnica) leader Misa Vacic.
A statement said that “the police and prosecutors are obliged to react and prevent the spread of hate speech and calls for violence” even though “the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) support’s Vacic’s public activities and those of his organization and despite the fact that extremists and hooligans obviously have the support of some state structures”.
The NUNS recalled that Vacic threatened Sabac Mayor Nebojsa Zelenovic (one of the leaders of the opposition Alliance for Serbia) and his associates, saying that he would “drown them in the Drina river” and that he labeled some independent media as traitors and enemies of the state.
“The NUNS expresses concern over the increasingly tense situation in society created to a great extent by the authorities and its epigones, in the form of hooligans like Misa Vacic. In that atmosphere, political rivals of the regime and journalists who are doing their jobs independently and professionally become targets of extremists and warmongers,” the statement said.
The NUNS said this was the 104th case of attacks and pressure on journalists recorded this year.