The press freedom situation in Serbia is “alarming,” a media watchdog group said Monday following a weekend attack on a liberal columnist. Two masked assailants attacked Tofil Pancic late Saturday with a metal bar, injuring him on the head and right arm. Pancic’s liberal Vreme weekly said Monday he had since left the country. Pancic is known for his fierce criticism of Serbian nationalism and extremism. The South East Europe Media Organization, or SEEMO, described the attack as a “flagrant violation of press freedom.” The Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, called on Serbia’s authorities to act swiftly to find and prosecute the attackers. Police say they are searching for the attackers.