The international media organisation, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the latest attacks on N1 TV in Serbia, Pauline Ades-Mevel told Radio Free Europe (RSF) on Monday, adding that the organisation carefully followed and analysed the media situation in Serbia, and especially the events related to N1.
Adding RSF sees N1 media outlet as the only big independent television in Serbia, Ades-Mevel said the attacks on it became more frequent in last weeks.
“We condemn the attack on N1 director Jugoslav Cosic, as well as the leaflets with a message to N1 to leave Serbia, which were thrown by masked individuals while the TV was broadcasting the interview with a candidate for Kosovo’s next Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Besides, the threats included those via social networks. Cosic received threats in that way as well. Also, in mid-October, we recorded that unknown perpetrators approached N1 reporter, threatened him and told home to go back to Luxembourg,” she added.
RSF reminds that the attacks on N1 were nothing new and that their number was increasing.
Ades-Mevel said: We appeal that N1 is left alone to do its job. "It’s much better to pay attention to Serbia’s tabloids which publish hate speech and attack journalists."
She recalled the RSF meeting with President Aleksandar Vucic, adding they warned the authorities about many worrying issues about the media in Serbia, including the journalists’ safety.
“We put forward some requests and recommendations for the improvement of media freedom in the country. Maybe its time now to remind the President about his promise he will look into the recommendations and try to improve the situation. We won’t give up, neither will we stop the dialogue with the presidency. We have established the dialogue with Serbia’s authorities and we expect them to correct certain things so that Serbia can continue its Euro-integration. We’re ready to talks with Serbia’s authorities again and express our great concern regarding media freedom in Serbia. We expect the recommendations that we sent to be looked into,” she said.
Ades-Mevel added RSF would continue to call on Serbia’s authorities to implement measures for protection the journalists and media freedom. And that the organisation “will continue to point out to Serbia’s authorities the problems, that the situation was not good.”