A reporter with the KRIK investigative journalism portal had her mobile phone taken away when she took a picture of the Serbian President’s son Danilo Vucic in the company of an alleged criminal figure.
The KRIK portal said that reporter Bojana Pavlovic’s phone was grabbed from her hands by an unidentified man when she took the picture of the younger Vucic and Aleksandar Vidojevic, a member of the FC Partizan supporter group Janjicari and alleged member of the Kavacki clan organized crime group. The phone was returned to her after a short verbal exchange with the unidentified man Vidojevic ordered him to return the phone.
Both of Serbia’s main journalist organizations (the NUNS and UNS) demanded an investigation into who grabbed the KRIK reporter’s phone from her and called the Internal Affairs Ministry to protect her from any further harm.
The portal said that there were police present but did not react and called the Internal Affairs Ministry to determine who the man was.
Pavlovic was told by a KRIK reader that Danilo Vucic and Vidojevic were in a central Belgrade café watching the Red Star – Partizan football match. She took the picture standing on the street outside the café and was stopped as she left by three men who said they were there in an official capacity. Pavlovic produced her press card and was told that a police patrol would arrive to arrest her. The men demanded that she delete the pictures before the phone was grabbed from her hands. Vidojevic walked up and told them to give back the phone. He told Pavlovic that the KRIK stories about him were putting him in danger for his life.