Veran Matić (photo: Nebojša Babić)

Prosecution launched 73 cases related to attacks against journalists in first 11 months of 2023

December 28, 2023

Veran Matić, a member of the Permanent Working Group for the Safety of Journalists, has presented a statistic confirming that the State Prosecutor’s Office launched 73 cases linked to attacks and threats to the safety of journalists between the beginning of the year and the end of November 2023, with 23 of those cases having so far been resolved.

Matić stated that guilty verdicts were handed down in nine of these cases. Criminal charges were dismissed in six cases, while court proceedings based on prosecution indictments are ongoing in five cases.

Matić stated that a “first-instance and binding final” decision had been passed in 23 cases, which – as he stated – represents 31.5% of the total number of such cases.