U.S. Department of State
Press Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Conviction of Serbian Journalist Miroslav Filipovic
On July 26 a Serbian court sentenced Miroslav Filipovic, a Serbian investigative journalist, to seven years in prison by a Serbian court for allegedly committing espionage and spreading false information. His real crime appears to been reporting on allegations of Serbian atrocities committed during last year's war in Kosovo.
Mr. Filipovic's conviction is yet another manifestation of the Milosevic regime's willingness to manipulate the judicial process in an effort to stifle free speech. Over the past two years press freedom has been severely restricted in Serbia, journalists have been jailed and intimidated, and virtually all of the independent media has been systematically shut down.
By such actions the Milosevic regime continues to demonstrate its callous disregard for Serbian people's universal human rights to freedom of speech and due process. Such a regime has no place in today's Europe.
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