Radio Journalist and Presenter Found Dead in Home

Update: 23 Feb 2018 Resolved
Year 20 Jun 2016 Country Serbia Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat Unknown Partner Index , AEJ , EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 1
20 Jun 2016 Serbia A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Unknown Index , AEJ , EFJ/IFJ Level 1

Journalist and radio host Luka Popov from northern Serbia was found dead in his home in Srpski Krstur on Friday 17 June 2016. According to Serbian daily Blic, Popov’s body was found with visible injuries and he had been presumably “tortured and murdered”. The police are currently investigating the circumstances behind the death. The Serbian Journalist associations NUNS and UNS, and journalist association of Vojvodina DNV have urged the authorities to thoroughly investigate the circumstances around the journalist’s death. The OSCE has condemned the murder. The OSCE’s representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatović, said that the investigation "must be carried out in a swift and thorough manner." "The authorities must do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this horrific murder to justice.” Luka Popov was the host of radio programs in the towns of Coka and Novi Knezevac.

Resolved On 21 June 2016, following the arrest of three individuals who confessed to the murder of Popov during an attempted burglary not related to his journalistic activities, the partners of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.


21 Jun 2016 : Following a swift investigation, three people have been arrested in connection with the crime.


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17 Jun 2016 : OSCE media freedom representative condemns murder of journalist in Serbia, calls on authorities for swift and thorough investigation.
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