OSCE: End impunity for crimes against journalists

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has called on the government of Serbia to end impunity for crimes committed against journalists.

Source: B92
(OSCE, file)
(OSCE, file)

Her statement came on the 17th anniversary of the murder of prominent journalist Slavko Curuvija, the OSCE said.

“Slavko Curuvija paid the ultimate price for his commitment to journalism and today is yet another grim reminder that journalists’ safety still needs to be adequately addressed in Serbia and the entire OSCE region,” Mijatovic said, according to a statement posted on the organization's website on Monday.

Curuvija, the owner of the Dnevni Telegraf newspaper and Evropljanin, a weekly magazine, was shot in 1999 in front of his home in Belgrade, the statement noted, adding that the deaths of journalists Dada Vujasinovic in 1994 and Milan Pantic in 2001 also remain unsolved.

"I welcome the fact that there has been progress in the prosecution for Curuvija’s murder through the efforts of the Serbian authorities and of the Commission for Investigating Killings of Journalists. However, justice has not been served. Not a single murder of a journalist can remain unsolved or unpunished; impunity sends a dangerous message that such crimes are tolerated," she said.

Mijatovic will continue to support the authorities and the Commission in their search for the truth and to bring all those responsible to justice, the statement concluded.

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