16 Dec 2019 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 14 Feb 2019 n° 19/2019 Serbia

N1TV Journalists Subjected to Death Threats

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Private-owned TV station N1 received a letter on 4 February 2019 threatening to kill the N1 journalists and their families and to blow up the office. It said: “Do you have families? You’re killing our children and grandchildren, and are unaware that if the destruction happens, your building will be the first to be blown up, and you may lose your dearest. That’s why we, the veterans, warn you not to play with anyone’s destiny because your fate is in our hands.”

The letter was signed "Belgrade Veterans of the 1999 war" (a Serbian war veteran association), but the representative denied any involvement. The Prosecutor’s Office arrested a 70-year-old man from the town of Nova Pazova and ordered a 30-day detention. The death threats were issued after N1 journalists were labelled "anti-Serbs" and "traitors" by ruling party MPs for their reports about Kosovo.
16 Dec 2019: On 16 December 2019, given the judgment by the Belgrade 3rd Criminal Court, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
08 Feb 2019
On 7 February 2019, the Belgrade 3rd Criminal Court found S.Č., 70, guilty of endangering security, and sentenced him to 30 days in prison.
State replies
02 Apr 2019
On 29 March 2019, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir denounced threats against journalists of the N1 news channel in Serbia. In a letter sent on 27 March 2019 to the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, the OSCE Representative expressed his concern about the threats and pressure against the N1 news channel.
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