Dozens of Serbian news outlets and other organizations darkened their web pages and published black ribbons to warn citizens about the government pressure
A technician from newspaper "Danas" checks Facebook edition of the newspaper with a white inscription warning: "This is what it looks like when there is no free press!", in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Serbia's embattled independent media have staged a blackout to warn against what they say is muzzling of free press by the government of autocratic leader Aleksandar Vucic, including intimidation, threats, and financial pressure. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic), photo: AP/Darko Vojinovic
29 of September 2017 13:55:50
BELGRADE – Serbia's information minister on Friday denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure.Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic told a news agency that his agency "strongly objects" to any form of pressure on journalists and believes in media freedom.Vukosavljevic spoke a day after dozens of Serbian news outlets and other organizations darkened their web pages and published black ribbons to warn citizens about the government pressure.The initiative dubbed "STOP media darkness" was prompted by the recent closure of an independent newspaper in southern Serbia and public attacks on journalists by a ruling party."The freedom of press must be guaranteed, and in Serbia it is guaranteed by laws, regulations and other acts dealing with that issue," Vukosavljevic said. "I can state with full certainty that there is no censorship in Serbia, or as they put it, media darkness."