Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Sentenced to Jail for Unauthorised Publication

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Year 30 Mar 2017 Country Serbia Category C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ , AEJ , Index Alert level Level 2
30 Mar 2017 Serbia C. Harassment and intimidation of journalists State EFJ/IFJ , AEJ , Index Level 2
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On 14 March 2017, freelance journalist Stefan Cvetkovic was found guilty by the court of the city of Vršac (Serbia) of unauthorised publication and presentation of somebody else’s texts and recordings. The journalist received a two year and three month jail sentence and must pay a €17,000 fine for insult. According to the legal advisor of Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS), Cvetkovic has appealed against the judgment and is waiting for the second instance court ruling. His sentence is suspended and he remains free. Mr Cvetkovic was prosecuted after three officials from the ruling party filed a complaint against him. The Serbian journalist was investigating the role of the said officials in criminal matters. Previously he had filed a complaint against local authorities on the grounds of misuse of public funds in 2014.


11 Apr 2017 : On 11 April 2017 the Pančeva Supreme Court annulled the initial sentence and returned the case to the primary court in Vršac for a re-trial.


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