The international journalists’ organisations condemned on Thursday the detention of Serbia’s journalist Ana Lalic, a Nova.rs website reporter late on Wednesday after publishing a story about the lack of protective gear for medical staff in a clinical centre, the Beta news agency reported.
On its Twitter account, the International Press Institute (IPI) condemned the detention of Ana Lalic, a journalist with Nova.rs website for ‘spreading panic’ and ‘damaging the image of the clinic centre,’ after she wrote that the doctors lacked protective gear for COVID-19.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joined the protest against the detention of Lalic, adding the reporter worked “in the public interest.”
#Serbia:@RSF_interis appalled by arrest of journalist@AnaLalicNSfrom@novarsin Novi Sad. On Wednesday, she was detained by police for 48h based on complaint by local hospital claiming "damaged reputation". The arrest follows a decision by government on#COVID19information.pic.twitter.com/M6zbBbv15C— RSF in English (@RSF_en)April 2, 2020
Lalic was arrested after the Vojvodina Clinical Centre reported her to the authorities for writing a story about dare conditions in the Centre.
She was released on Thursday morning, but her two mobile phones and laptop that were confiscated were not returned.