Journalist Uglješa Bokić punched while reporting on ruling party’s machinations during local elections

June 17, 2024

Uglješa Bokić, a journalist of independent daily newspaper Danas and a regular contributor to the Cenzolovka portal that was founded by the Slavko Ćuruvija foundation, has been attacked while trying to get a statement from among the more than 100 young people who fled the Master Centre of the Novi Sad Fair, while trying to hide their faces to avoid being recognised, after they were discovered there by opposition representatives.

They organised a call centre there during Serbia’s local elections, having voter lists in their possession and using them to call and check how voters voted. This is one of the multitude of ways that members of the ruling party influenced election results in Serbia.

Bokić was approached by a man wearing a cap and running up to him, who tried to snatch the telephone he was using to record statements, punching him in the chest in that attempt.

The journalist stresses that he was sporting a prominent identification card displaying the word PRESS and that the attacker was aware that he was a journalist on assignment. Bokić recognised the attacker – identifying him as former police officer Vladimir Kezmić.