In the past few months, attacks on journalists, especially female journalists, have not abated. Moreover, insults and mockery of journalists are even more frequent and more brutal, warning of growing intolerance, as well as the inability to establish a basic dialogue in a society, the Protector of Citizens Mr. Zoran Pašalić warns.
In yesterday's show "Hit tweet" on TV Pink, singer Mr. Aca Lukas kept insulting TV N1 journalist Ms. Žaklina Tatalović in the most primitive way, without being sharply warned by the show host that his words were impermissible and inappropriate for television appearance. In an attempt to be witty and funny, he vulgarly ridiculed Ms. Žaklina Tatalović and thus exhibited in practice a demonstration exercise of verbal violence, aware that he would not bear the consequences for such behavior; neither him, nor the author and host of the show "Hit Tweet", nor TV Pink broadcaster because in the already contaminated public speech, misogyny is taken for granted, so much so that we seldom publicly condemn the insults and threats that are directed at women, Mr. Pašalić states.
Through a series of meetings with representatives of media associations, the Protector of Citizens, following the example of the Council of Europe platform, initiated and established in Serbia a unique media platform for registering all attacks on journalists, as well as the reaction of competent state bodies. Verbal violence against female journalists has so far been at the very top of all attacks and this is the reason for it to continue being a special segment in the work of the media platform. The media platform will unequivocally make it known that these activities are impermissible and punishable in our society through registering the attacks, condemning them publically and imposing an appropriate sanction, Mr. Pašalić points out.
The Protector of Citizens urges state authorities and institutions to continuously provide conditions for the work of male and female journalists at their workplaces in every place and on every occasion. By consistently responding to all phenomena of violence and aggressive behavior, the state bodies and institutions, just like participants in the public space will contribute to calming anxiety and tensions in society.