Two international organizations condemned the threats made against Serbian journalist Dinko Gruhonjic on Wednesday.
Gruhonjic is editor in chief of the VOICE investigative news portal and program director of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (NDNV). He is viewed as an opponent of the current authorities. Swastikas and offensive messages were spray painted on the building that he lives in.
Reporters Without Frontiers said in a Tweet that the organization is “appalled by the intimidation” and called for an in-depth investigation to find the people who drew swastikas and wrote offensive slogans on his apartment building. It warned that the attempt to intimidate Gruhonjic, came after he was demeaned in public by politicians and called them “not to fuel hatred”.
#Serbia: After the journalist @DinkoGruhonjic was publicly denigrated by politicians, his #NoviSad home has been vandalized by racist tags including swastikas. Appalled by the intimidation, @RSF_inter calls for an in-depth investigation & asks politicians not to fuel hatred ! pic.twitter.com/QFC1oXnrMk
— RSF in English (@RSF_en) November 24, 2020
The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime expressed solidarity with Gruhonjic. “We strongly condemn threats against him and the attack against his property. We support the efforts of civil society organizations throughout the Western Balkans engaged in such activities,” it said. The Global Initiative urged the “Serbian government and local authorities in Novi Sad to take tangible measures to ensure that the media have the freedom and security to report in an objective and independent manner”.