One of Serbia’s oldest local weeklies shutdown

September 19, 2017

One of the best known local publications in Serbia, weekly newspaper Vranjske, has ceased to exist after 23 years. While no official explanation has been provided as yet, Serbian portal Insider cites a source from the newsroom claiming that the closure came as result of financial and political pressures.

According to different media reports, Vranjske was recently inspected by numerous state inspections on several occasions.

Other independent media companies in Serbia have previously claimed to be exposed to an increased number of controls from different state inspections, as part of pressure exerted to reduce critical reporting.

Vranjske has been known for its critical reporting of the activities of the local authorities and businessmen, and its journalists have faced death threats on an almost regular basis.

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