N1 reporters at Belgrade office are branded “traitors” and “anti-Serbs” on social networks and have received threats to their lives, those of their families and a message that their office will be blown up, N1 reported on Monday.
The threats followed the regime’s hints that N1 “recognised Kosovo’s independence.”
The police were informed about the threats.
Milenko Jovanov, a deputy leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), headed by the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic, alluded on his Twitter account that N1 was not objective and had recognised Kosovo’s independence.
In its weather forecast and other graphic illustrations, N1 treats Kosovo in line with the United Nations’ resolution 1244, which is neutral concerning Kosovo’s final status.
However, Jovanov’s tweets caused a chain reaction in which N1 was labelled CIA television (probably because N1 is an exclusive affiliate of CNN in the Westrn Balkans), described as „treacherous, shooting at the truth, with reporters who are mercenaries and spread anti-Serbia propaganda.“
After the reports on anti-government protests that started in Belgrade two months ago and spread to over 50 places across Serbia, N1 journalists received a threatening letter.
“Do you have families.. you’re killing our children and grandchildren, and are unaware that if the destruction happens, your building will be the first to be blown up, and you may lose your dearest. That’s why we, the veterans, warn you not to play with anyone’s destiny because your fate is in our hands,” said the letter to N1.
Someone signed it as „Belgrade Veterans of 1999 war, “but the president of the association Zeljko Vukelic said it had nothing to do with that, adding the police should investigate the threats.
„I have no idea about it. It may be planted. What I can say is that I watch N1 since it is the most impartial TV in this biased media space,“ Vukelic said.
On the Facebook profile of a group which praises the regime N1, the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) and the independent Danas daily were branded “the servants of globalisation, Soros and the Clinton criminal gang.”
Some people who do not hide identities say N1 journalists are „notorious traitors,” “they should be expelled from Serbia,” “they should be banned from work in Serbia.”
So far, the competent institutions have not reacted to any of these warnings and threats.