Interview 20 Apr 17

Sejdinovic: ‘We Cannot Allow Fear to Beat us’

The head of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina says the death threats he has received lately are deeply worrying – but now is not the time to give in to the climate of intimidation.

Vanja Djuric
BIRN
Novi Sad
Nedim Sejdinovic, president of Independent Journalist’s Association of Vojvodina (NDNV), Photo: Vojvodina Media Center  

After receiving hundreds of threatening messages, including death threats, Nedim Sejdinovic ought to be a frightened man.

But the journalist and president of the Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina told BIRN in an interview that opponents of the Serbian government, now protesting for days on the streets, must not give into fear.

“My impression is that this verbal violence could easily turn real but we cannot allow fear to beat us. The student protests are good way for people to say ‘NO’ to fear,” he said.

After supporting the mainly young protesters against the nighttime demolitions last April in Belgrade’s Hercegovacka street - where buildings were cleared to make way for the controversial Waterfront project - the government reacted with counter-accusations made through the tabloids, picturing the protesters as foreign mercenaries.

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