Stories about Serbia

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Netizen Report: Pro-government doxxing campaigns rock Hong Kong, Serbia

Doxxing is all the rage in Hong Kong and Serbia, an Indian judge delivers a win for internet rights, and Facebook debuts plans for its oversight board.

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

A former Macedonian government official revealed that the former ruling party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".

Serbian Journalists Face Harassment for Investigating Spending by Defense Minister (And His ‘Aunt from Canada’)

In spite of threats, investigative journalists keep demanding accountability from Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin.

Serbian Journalists Call on Citizens to Support a Media Freedom Campaign

Journalists and activists lead by the group ‘For Media Freedom’ took to the streets of five Serbian cities to pledge support from citizens for demands presented to the government.

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

Serbian Journalists Harassed by Police While Reporting on Controversial Belgrade Construction Site

The journalists are not the first to run into trouble reporting on the 3.5 billion Euro Belgrade Waterfront project.

Serbian Authorities Take Control of A Man's Facebook Account Following Alleged Threats Against PM Vucic

Police in Serbia seem to have overstepped boundaries in search and seizure proceedings, taking over a personal Facebook account without a court order.

Authorities Take Healthy Milk Activist to Court in Serbia

Serbian authorities have increasingly been calling online activists in for questioning. Now activist Marko Živković is being called into court for publicly complaining about milk regulations 20 months ago.

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

Two Months After Flooding, Digital Freedoms in Serbia Are Still in Trouble

In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.

Serbia’s ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ Wins Big Support from Western Dignitaries

Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.

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