Analysis 11 Dec 17

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia’s image-conscious President.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Belgrade

Exhibition ‘Uncensored Lies’ included tweets in which Vucic and the Progressive Party had been criticized. Photo: Facebook/Serbian Progressive Party

As freedom in Serbia's mainstream media shrinks, and as independent or critical voices move to social networks, Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucic, is turning to – and on – critics who make use of Twitter’s lack of censorship.

In recent weeks, Vucic even went as far as to bring printed tweets of his critics on to live TV, calling some of the posters “haters” and “liars” who only want to bring him down.

Some Serbian Twitter users believe that Vucic is stepping up his targeting of Twitter because it remains a largely uncensored area.

“Twitter is the hub of resistance to the regime of Vucic. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems to be the only place of resistance against the dilettantism of the government,” the head of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, NUNS, Slavisa Lekic, told BIRN.

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