The Independent Association of Serbia's Journalists (NUNS) condemned a campaign led lately by some tabloids against individual journalists and outlets and warned the that it was an orchestrated showdown with professionals in media who worked in the public interest, the Beta news agency reported.
NUNS warned that in its Thursday's edition the Kurir daily accused N1 TV and its journalists of spreading disinformation and jeopardising the lives of people in Serbia during the coronavirus pandemic.
The tabloid also portrayed N1's News Director Jugoslav Cosic as "Liar" with a doctored photo of him with Pinocchio's long nose.
NUNS added that the tabloid was a leader in "violating the Journalists' Code, laws and basic decency."
"We point out that these attacks in Kurir and other media close to the ruling (Serbian Progressive Party, SNS) party follow the same charges made by the state officials against the independent media and an attempt to impose censorship and curb the freedom of expression and information. All of that shows a dangerous tendency by the authorities to use the state of emergency in the showdown with media and shrink the free flow of information," NUNS said in the statement.
It again warned that irresponsible and reckless comments by the highest state officials and the campaign by pro-Government media seriously endanger the safety of targeted journalists and outlets."