The safety of journalists and freedom of speech in danger fifteen years after the murder of Slavko Ćuruvija

April 11, 2014

On the fifteenth commemoration of the journalist Slavko Ćuruvija’s murder, the owner of the ‘Dnevni Telegraf’ and the ‘Evropljanin’ magazine, and advocate for media freedom, the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation, reminded the public that freedom of expression and the safety of journalists is still in danger.

Although the alleged perpetrators of the murder were recently apprehended, there is still no answer to the question – who ordered the execution?

The issue of the moral responsibility of those who participated in the government at the time of the murder has still not been raised.

The executions of the ‘Duga’ magazine journalist, Dada Vujasinović, and the reporter for ‘Večernje Novosti’ Milan Pantić, are yet to be resolved.

The values Slavko Ćuruvija fought for, such as freedom of speech and the right of editors to publish the content in their newspapers with no outside interference, according to the standards of the profession and in line with the law, have not yet been achieved.

The Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation believes that the government must take decisive action in order to secure media freedom and create an atmosphere in which journalists can do their jobs according to the highest professional standards.

It is necessary to liberate the media from the government’s influence, which is still, covertly or overtly, influencing the editorial policy of the media.