State leadership attacks newspaper Danas due to erroneous data on ministry website

September 16, 2021

An article on the ratio of earnings and pensions to consumer baskets, which cites official data from the website of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, prompted fierce attacks against the journalists of daily Danas from the very top of the country’s leadership.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabić spent several days constantly insulting and calling out Danas, devoting half of her guest appearances on the pro-government TV Pink to the newspaper, while dubbing them liars on Twitter.

Speaking from the Bled Strategic Forum, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić also criticised the Danas front page, calling the newspaper Đilas’s and dubbing its journalists “brutal liars”.

However, it turned out that the data Danas sourced from the official website of the Ministry were incorrect. President Vučić and Prime Minister Brnabić weren’t upset by the mistakes made by the state bodies that they lead, but they were greatly irritated by those who published such mistakes.