25 Apr 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 02 Jun 2017 n° 63/2017 Serbia

Serbian Reporter Lidija Valtner Attacked During New Serbian President’s Inauguration

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner RSF EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner RSF EFJ/IFJ Index
Lidija Valtner, a reporter for the Serbian daily Danas, was filming an altercation between supporters of Vučić’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and a protester during the President's inauguration on 31 May 2017, in Belgrade, when she was attacked by two Progressive Party supporters. One tried to grab her phone in order to prevent her from filming and, when she tried to defend herself, the two men seized her and forcibly took her away to a neighbouring park, 50 meters away.

In an interview with RSF, Valtner expressed dismay that two plainclothes police officers watched this attack without coming to her help.

Force was also used to prevent journalists with Vice, Radio Belgrade and the Cenzovska and Insajder websites from reporting or filming the demonstrations.
14 May 2018
On 23 April 2018, having questioned Slobodan Stojkovic, Filip Gojkovic and Marko Vukicevic, as well as Lidija Valtner, the Public Prosecutor’s Office rejected the journalist’s complaint, finding no basis for a suspicion that the criminal offense of endangering security or any other criminal offense for which prosecution is undertaken ex officio had been committed.
State replies
25 Apr 2019
Reply from the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia
11 Apr 2018
Reply from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia
23 Feb 2018
Commissioner for Human Rights: ‘Concerted efforts needed to protect media freedoms in Serbia’
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