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Serb Military Court Sends Journalist to Prison

Magazine article The Quill

Serb Military Court Sends Journalist to Prison

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Journalist Miroslav Filipovic was sentenced to seven years in prison on July 26 after a military court in Serbia found him guilty of espionage and spreading false information.

The verdict will be appealed to the Supreme Military Court, one of Filipovic's lawyers told The Associated Press.

Filipovic's trial before a military judge lasted one day. Much of the trial was closed. Officials cited "sensitive military information" as the reason for closing the court.

Filipovic worked for the independent Belgrade daily Danas, for the French news agency AFP and for the London-based Institute for War & Peace Reporting. The reporter is best known for stories about atrocities committed in Kosovo.

He was charged with collecting military data with the intention of passing it on to foreign organizations. Filipovic was also convicted of spreading false information - with the intention of provoking civil unrest - by reporting that "the Yugoslav army committed atrocities in Kosovo and Metohija, and shelled and destroyed villages. …

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