02 Sep 2019 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 15 Oct 2018 n° 112/2018 Serbia
Journalist Zeljko Matorcevic Physically Attacked
Zeljko Matorcevic was attacked on 9 October 2018 by an unidentified young man who first followed him, then suddenly hit him at the head, and when Matorcevic fell to the ground, continued to hit him. Matorcevic suffered serious body injuries : his cheekbone was broken and in the following days he would undergo a surgical procedure. Matorcevic is editor-in-chief of Žig Info portal.
02 Sep 2019
The Public Prosecutor's Office dismissed the complaint against J.P., who was suspected of having attacked Željko Matorčević on 9 October 2018, finding no grounds for suspecting that J.P. had committed the criminal offense of physical assault, or any other criminal offense prosecuted ex officio.
- Mapping Media Freedom report: "Serbia: Editor-in-chief of local news website sustains serious injuries in physical assault by unknown perpetrator"
- Statement by the Western Balkan's Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists' Safety : ' Police to find perpetrator on our colleague Matorcevic'
09 Nov 2018
Reply from the Serbian authorities
15 Oct 2018
OSCE Representative strongly condemns physical attack against Željko Matorčević.