Investigative Journalists Receive Several Death Threats, Broadcaster Claims

Update: 23 Feb 2018 State replied
Year 23 Mar 2016 Country Serbia Category C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Source of threat Unknown Partner Index Alert level Level 1
23 Mar 2016 Serbia C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Unknown Index Level 1

Several death threats have been sent to journalists at the investigative journalism portal which is owned by broadcaster B92.The threats have been sent via email to several reporters over a week's time, between 14 and 22 March 2016. They have also been received by Insajder’s editor-in-chief Brankica Stankovic and B92’s editor-in-chief Veran Matic. Both have been under police protection for years due to serious threats. Due to a pending police investigation no details of the threats have been revealed, according to Veran Matic. The Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS) condemned the threats and is urging the authorities to identify and prosecute the people responsible.


23 Mar 2016 : Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced on 23 March 2016 that a person has been arrested for threatening Brankica Stankovic and Veran Matic.

State replies

21 Nov 2016 : Reply from the Republic of Serbia provided by the Ministry of Interior


New 23 Feb 2018 : Commissioner for Human Rights: ‘Concerted efforts needed to protect media freedoms in Serbia’
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