06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 14 Sep 2017 n° 102/2017 Montenegro
Journalist Vladimir Otasevic Faced Insults and Death Threats
A Montenegrin journalist working for Dan daily newspaper, Vladimir Otasevic, reported that the Prime Minister's brother, Velizar Markovic, had threatened his safety during a phone call on Monday 11 September 2017. In the conversation, Otasevic was asking for the phone number of the Prime Minister's other brother when Markovic insulted and verbally threatened him, saying that he shouldn't be surprised if someone ended up dead at the end. According to a Balkan Insight report, Markovic also alluded to the 2004 killing of the Dan newspaper editor Dusko Jovanovic.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, after consideration of the authorities’ response to this alert, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
28 Feb 2018
On 25 January 2018, the prosecutor rejected the charges levelled by Vladimir Otasevic against Velizar Markovic.
- Report published on Mapping Media Freedom: "Montenegro: Prime Minister’s brother threatens and swears at journalist"
- Statement of the Trade Union Media of Montenegro (in Montenegrin)
- Statement by the EFJ: "Montenegro: Journalist Vladimir Otasevic received death threat"
- Audio recording of the phone call (in Montenegrin)
28 Aug 2018
Reply from the Government of Montenegro
13 Sep 2017
OSCE media freedom representative calls on authorities in Montenegro to swiftly investigate death threats against journalist.