Among many other countries, for example, just this year, the journalists of Serbia have been fighting the system. The prime minister of Serbia, as well as the other political forces seem to be the main problem. Journalists have said they had been blackmailed with finances and employment into representing the political powers how they wish to be represented. The journalists of Serbia have held many protests, however, the government doesn’t seem to be willing to take any action.
What is even more worrisome is that the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, when asked about the problem said that after having heard of this several times he is asking for proof. The European Federation of Journalists, which is strongly backing up the journalists in Serbia, sent a letter to Commissioner Hahn expressing their concern, suggesting that he lacks information on the issue, and then breaking down some of the instances of censorship that have occurred in Serbian journalism during 2014. This situations seems to only be getting worse. Just recently a study on soft censorship in Serbia stated that the Government uses budget financing as a means of censoring the critical content: the obedient get the budget money, while the critical get nothing as a form of punishment.