N1's Executive Producer: Regime labels N1 as provocateurs, it's dangerous

N1's Executive Producer: Regime labels N1 as provocateurs, it's dangerous

N1's Executive Producer: Regime labels N1 as provocateurs, it's dangerous Izvor: N1

Igor Bozic, N1 Executive Producer, said on Friday the "crusade" against the TV and its reporter Miodrag Sovilj would not lead to any changes in the TV's editorial policy, but added that unlike other campaigns, the latest one was "extremely dangerous" because it linked the President Aleksandar Vucic's health to the reporter's question, the Beta news agency reported.

Speaking to the Autonomija website from Serbia's northern city of Novi Sad, Bozic said that theories about the worsening of Vucic's health caused by N1 reporter's question "directly endangered Miodrag Sovilj."

"Why is that dangerous? Because by insinuating that Sovilj did it on purpose, they labelled us as provocateurs who want to provoke an incident. That's a step forward compared to all previous campaigns and a more dangerous step. What is the fact is that we felt jeopardised and that Miodrag Sovilj can be at risk," Bozic said.

He added that from his supporters point of view, the President of Serbia was allowed to do what he wanted, and among other things, to "look down on journalists."

"What is not allowed is that journalists have a normal conversation which he (Vucic) himself insists on. But the term 'let's not playing around' cannot be translated into 'don't screw around with us,' what President's advisor later told to different European media organisations and associations," Bozic said.

The international media organisations condemned the campaign against N1 and its reporters, and Bozic added that those associations in Europe and the world "are aware what kind of job N1 does, because they surely have documents about numerous incidents that happened to both our journalists and the TV in general."

"I'm convinced they know that we defend the profession's honour in Serbia. We are not the only ones but are among just a few, and thus I expect the international associations' support," Bozic added.    

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