Nebojsa Zelenovic, the head of the opposition Together for Serbia party, said Serbia “is on the verge of civil conflict,” pushed into by (President Aleksandar) Vucic,” the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.
Zelenovic also said that “no one, the regime the least, will benefit from a media war in which Vucic has deeply got in,” and demanded the authorities to stop with that before “it escalates into a crisis which no one will be able to control."
“In the last several days, the situation has radicalised because Vucic ordered the extreme nationalists, paid journalists and analysts to launch a witch hunt and to threaten all independent journalists publicly, and especially N1 reporters, who dare to ask him what he doesn’t like to be asked,” Zelenovic said in a written statement.
He added that the situation “escalated when Vucic sent his media advisor Suzana Vasiljevic to a TV with national frequency to menace all who think differently and blame N1 for President’s health condition.”
“The whole of Serbia knows that under Vucic’s order Suzana Vasiljevic edits almost all media and conducts a media hunt against everyone who Vucic declares his enemy, and now draws targets on unfit journalists’ foreheads,” Zelenovic said.
He also asked for a replacement of the complete Regularly Body for Electronic Media (REM) team to improve the media situation in the country.