Analysis 07 Nov 17

Serbian Media Slated for Exploiting Singer Murder Case

As the flow of lurid stories about the murder of a singer continues, critics say the tabloid media have grossly violated ethical norms to keep the story going.

Maja Zivanovic
Front pages of Serbian media reporting about the murder. Photo: BIRN

Serbia’s popular media have had a new favourite topic for more than a year now.  Day after day, they have inundated the public with stories about the murder of a little known singer, Jelena Marjanovic.

As one “revelation” follows another, former police officials, judges, numerologist and even tarot-card readers have all been offered space to provide their own interpretations.

The tabloids have kept the story going, regularly offering new “exclusive” reports containing fresh twists and turns. Recently, one newspaper even published gruesome pictures from the murder scene.

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