A Serbian author has lost his battle against a law that prevents him from publishing on the internet.
Wladimir Matkov was recently arrested for the first time in the country’s history for a piece he wrote about the recent mass murder in Odessa.
Matkov has been under house arrest since February.
He was arrested in March after posting a video on YouTube in which he praised the shooting of the Odessa police chief.
The video was later removed by authorities, but it is still available online and widely shared on social media.
The ban is part of a broader crackdown on the countrys internet freedom.
Matov was arrested for violating a ban on public access to a website where his online book, The New Man, was available for purchase, but he said he was unable to access it because of the restriction.
His lawyers argued that he could publish the book online, but the law prevented it from doing so.
In a statement to the Serbian press, Matkov’s lawyers argued: “The ban is a repressive measure that prevents the publication of the book, and it is a violation of freedom of expression, freedom of thought and of the press.”
Serbian media reported that Matkov, a self-proclaimed anarchist, was jailed for three months for his online commentary.
Serbian media said that the arrest was related to an investigation into the “possession of weapons and other weapons” and the “sedition” of his “work.”
“The authorities are trying to stop people from expressing their views and opinions, so I believe it is necessary to fight for my freedom,” Matkov said in a statement.
In addition to Matkovs arrest, Serbia’s government has taken steps to restrict the dissemination of information about the country.
Earlier this year, Serbian authorities restricted access to several popular social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, after several prominent activists were arrested on charges of “insulting the state.”
In a letter to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the government said it was taking steps to protect the rights of the country against “anti-government and pro-government activities” and that it was also taking measures to protect “individual freedom of speech and of expression.”
Matkov is currently serving a two-year prison sentence in Serbia, where he was previously arrested in 2015 for posting a series of videos criticizing the country s antigovernment protests.
He has also faced accusations of organizing a “terrorist group,” and of being a “rogue journalist.”
The charges against Matkov were eventually dropped in August 2016, but not before he was placed under house-arrest.