Interview 04 Oct 16

Slobodan Georgiev: People Can Be Killed in Different Ways

The BIRN journalist who has received various death threats since being labelled an enemy spy and a foreign mercenary is in no mood to back down.

Natalia Zaba
BIRN
Belgrade
Slobodan Georgiev is an editor, journalist and programme coordinator at BIRN Serbia. Photo: BLIC/Mladen Surjanac.

He is loud, not only in the Serbian media, but by nature. However, Slobodan Georgiev did not become notorious only for his sharp tongue.

What turned him into a “public enemy” were his award-winning investigative stories and his Twitter account, which receives around three million visits a month.  

The BIRN editor, journalist and programme coordinator as well as NGO activist has for long been marked by the pro-government tabloids as a foreign mercenary and a traitor.

In the last three months, his own situation - and that of some of his colleagues - has deteriorated from one in which they faced a hostile media campaign to death threats.

Asked about his worries, he says he is not afraid and not even close to censoring his words.

Instead, he promises to become sharper than ever.

“This situation does not change the way I function. On contrary, I feel the need to be even sharper. This is my city, I was born here, these are my streets,” Georgiev says.

He also says that on those same streets he meets plenty of positive reactions, with people wanting to shake his hand, greet him, or simply exchange a few words.

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