The Serbian Press Council’s Complaints Commission found that the Srpski Telegraf tabloid daily violated the Serbian journalists’ code for publishing statements by a folk singer who threatened to kill two talk show hosts, the Serbian Journalists’ Association (UNS) said on Monday.
Talk show hosts Zoran Kesic and Ivan Ivanovic were threatened by singer Aca Lukas who alleged that they had put his mother in danger by supposedly calling people to ignore the curfew imposed by the authorities under a state of emergency when the coronavirus pandemic broke out. The complaint said that the threats were made because their statements were wrongly reported.
The commission said that the tabloid failed to contact Kesic and Ivanovic for comments and did not publish their denials or report the fact that both called people to stay at home during the pandemic.
It also ruled that Politika daily violated code articles on truth in reporting in a story alleging that Belgrade University Professor Danica Popovic plagiarized parts of her book. The commission said that the daily failed to report that a university ethics commission ruled that she was not guilty of plagiarism.
The commission ruled against Culture and Information Minister Vladan Vukosavljevic who claimed that Blic daily wrongly reported that he called a large number of people to a gathering during the pandemic and that Danas daily did not violate the journalists’ code in a story about Danilo Vucic, the Serbian president’s son.