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Added: Jan 2, 2010

From: Stefan Cvetkovic

Duration: 2:50

Stefan Cvetkovic Bela Crkva Media organizations, particularly the radio station B92, were victims of vandalism, bomb threats, and intimidation for coverage and portrayal of views unpopular with the government and right-wing elements of society, such as discussion of the status of Kosovo independence or examination of Serbia's role in the wars of the 1990s. The South East European Media Organization (SEEMO), Association of Independent Electronic Media, and Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (NUNS) reported a number of such incidents during the year. In April death threats against Dinko Gruhonjic, Novi Sad correspondent of news agency Beta and chairman of the Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina, appeared on a neo-Nazi Web site. Gruhonjic had reported extensively on National Formation, a neo-Nazi group responsible for using crowbars to attack participants commemorating Kristallnacht (a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and parts of Austria in 1938) in Novi Sad in 2005. In May a crowd of several hundred Serbian Radical Party members pasted posters supporting ICTY indictee Ratko Mladic on the front of B92's building and shouted insults at employees. In August Stefan Cvetkovic, editor-in-chief of independent radio and television station TNT in Bela Crkva, received death threats; according to SEEMO, the threats were made to stop TNT's reports of criminal activities. In two separate incidents in November and December in Arandjelovac, supporters of the New Serbia political party, including at least one local official, interrupted and prevented broadcast of a political debate program on B92. The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), would like to express its concern about the recent attack on Stefan Cvetkovic, and the general pattern of unresolved crimes against journalists in Serbia. According to information before SEEMO, on 18 July, Cvetkovic, owner and editor-in-chief of RTV TNT from Bela Crkva, was physically attacked by an individual while having dinner at a restaurant. According to Cvetkovic, the attack was related to a past report aired on his TV station. As outlined in a SEEMO protest letter of 13 August 2007, Cvetkovic previously received death threats by way of telephone. In its letter, SEEMO urged Serbian officials to investigate these threats. SEEMO now urges Your Excellency to do everything in your power to protect Cvetkovic, and to ensure that this case is closed by bringing the perpetrator to justice. Stefan Cvetkovic, TNT, Bela Crkva THREATENED On August 9, Cvetkovic, editor in chief of the independent radiotelevision station TNT in the city of Bela Crkva, about 100 km (62 miles) east of the capital, Belgrade, received two anonymous phone calls from an unidentified number. A male voice threatened to kill him and uttered profanities at him, the independent Belgrade-based broadcaster B92 reported. Cvetkovic believes the threats are in response to his station's critical coverage of local authorities. Six months before, TNT broadcast a video, recorded with a hidden camera, showing two Bela Crkva police officers snorting a white powder, reportedly a drug, off of a local café's table. The broadcast brought about a six-month suspension of the featured police officers; the two were later fired from the local police department, Sasa Mirkovic, Chairman of the Belgrade-based Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) told CPJ. Mirkovic, who is also the director of communications for B92, told CPJ that the broadcaster retransmitted the video, giving it nationwide exposure. In the months following the broadcast, Cvetkovic's TNT continued to report on corruption and economic and social ailments in Bela Crkva. Cvetkovic received several telephone and verbal threats in that period, Mirkovic told CPJ. "I answered those threats by reporting them to the police, but there is still no information pointing to investigations being started against these people," a B92 news release quoted Cvetkovic as saying. Local and regional press groups such as ANEM and the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organization have protested the threats against Cvetkovic. The threats against Cvetkovic come against a disturbing backdrop: the 1999 execution-style murder of Slavko Curuvija of Dnevni Telegraf in Belgrade,and the 2001 brutal slaughter of Milan Pantic of Vecernje Novosti in Jagodina remain unsolved to this day. Serbian authorities have also reported no results in the investigation of the April 2007 murder attempt on Dejan Anastasijevic of the Belgrade weekly Vreme.

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mrTigar100 Says:

Jun 28, 2011 - sve u zatvor bre..!

shenica431 Says:

Dec 27, 2010 - Bravo za Cvetkovica

shenica431 Says:

Dec 31, 2010 - Steta sto nema vise ovakvih novinara u Srbiji ! Bravo za Cvetkovica i pokazanu profesionalnost i hrabrost.

Lillymill Says:

Jul 28, 2010 - Ja mislim da bi Cvetkovic pod hitno trebalo da trazi zastitu ICORN-a, da zbrise iz zemlje na jedno par godina, kao Anastasijevic... Sto je sigurno sigurno... A i dobro dodje u karijeri kad si progonjeni novinar.

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