Numbers of threats, pressures and attacks against journalists almost doubled last year compared to 2021

February 1, 2023,

The Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) recorded a total of 140 cases of pressure, attacks, threats and other forms of repression against journalists in 2022, which is almost twice as many as in 2021, when 74 such cases were recorded.

A total of 44 threats were recorded in 2022, with such threats representing the most common attempt to stifle media freedom. Journalists were mostly threatened via social media – with as many as two thirds of threats sent via social platforms.

A total of 12 physical attacks, 34 cases of blocking work, 16 insults, four attacks against media companies and 21 examples of the applying of undue pressure were recorded. The UNS database also recorded nine other cases of repression, including hacker intimidation, theft and various forms of jeopardising security.