03 Aug 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 12 Jun 2020 n° 68/2020 Serbia

Journalist Bojana Pavlović Harassed in Front of the Police who Confiscated her Phone

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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On 10 June 2020, Bojana Pavlović took photos of Danilo Vucic, son of Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia, sitting in a café with Aleksandar Vidojevic, who is currently on trial for participating in the demolition of a nightclub. As reported by the KRIK investigative journalism centre, Vidojevic has been allegedly identified by the police as a member of the Kavaci organised crime group. As Pavlović was leaving, three men stopped her stating they were police officer. She produced a journalist ID card, explaining that she was on duty, but was told to wait for the police patrol as she was likely to be detained.

The men requested her to delete the footage, which she did. She had already sent the photos to KRIK. Two men approached them, one of whom forcefully took her mobile phone out of her hands. The police didn’t react. Pavlović said that at one point she was surrounded by five men and she’d asked them to move away as she felt endangered and unsafe. Vidojevic, accompanied by another person, approached the group and the police left, leaving her alone with the four men. Vidojevic instructed the man to return the mobile phone, he did so and they left.
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03 Aug 2020
Reply of the Serbian authorities (Ministry of the Interior)
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