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15. 07. 2020.

Author: D. Bjelica ???source???: UNS

Journalists’ Association of Serbia: 28 journalists and media workers attacked and obstructed in their work in five days

According to the records of the Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS), 28 journalists, cameramen and photo reporters who reported from the protests in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad were attacked and obstructed in their work in the period from 7 to 11 July. A total of 14 of them suffered injuries, and six requiring urgent medical help.

The injured journalists, cameramen and photo reporters were attacked by police, protesters who threw stones and other solid objects, but also by blows in the head and body with hard objects from close vicinity.

In agreement with the attacked colleagues and their editors, in accordance with the Agreement on Cooperation and Measures for Raising the Level of Security of Journalists, UNS reported three cases to the police.

The injured journalists, photo reporters and cameramen, who received medical treatment in the emergency centers, altogether six of them, gave statements to the police and in one case to the forensics experts in the emergency medical facilities.

According to the UNS data, three other colleagues reported the attacks to the police or are in the process of filing a report on assault, while the largest number of cases, although listed in the press releases of UNS and other journalistic and media organizations, remained officially unreported.

UNS, as a member of the Standing Working Group for the Safety of Journalists, which includes journalists’ and media associations and representatives of the police and the prosecution, will insist that the recorded attacks be investigated and punished. 

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