30 Aug 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 30 Aug 2019 Serbia

Journalists Physically and Verbally Attacked at Marakana Stadium

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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On 28 August 2019, a TV N1 crew and TV channel Federalna correspondent Dejan Kozul were attacked while reporting ahead of the football Champions League game between Red Star and Young Boys in Belgrade, Serbia.

N1 journalists were shooting a news report about a war tank that Red Star fans had parked outside the Marakana stadium. While recording interviews, a group of persons yelled "spies", "thieves", "American mercenaries" at the journalists, and tried to break their camera and microphone. The same day, Federalna correspondent Dejan Kozul was about to shoot on the same topic, when a group of men questioned him about his work and citizenship, to which he replied he was making a report for the Sarajevo TV station.

In addition, the daily Danas was denied accreditation by the Red Star club management
Follow-ups
30 Aug 2019
New OSCE representative for Media Freedom condemned physical attacks & threats against N1 and Federalnaba TV journalists by football fans and called on the Serbian authorities to condemn these attacks and prosecute the perpetrators.
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