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SEEMO concerned at arrest of Croatia journalist
Vienna, 23 January 2013
 

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is shocked  at  the detention of Croatian journalist Jasna Babic, sued by a businessman for libel.

Jasna Babic has been held in Zagreb’s Remetinec prison since 22 January 2013, and could spend a maximum of 30 days there, if the court deems this necessary to ensure she appears at a trial - the date of which has yet to be set.  The court defended its decision saying she had already failed to appear at 16 previous hearings and described her imprisonment as „disciplinary detention".

"I am asking the Croatian authorities to immediately release Jasna Babic", said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.  "I hope this will happen today and that Babic will again be free. To use detention as disciplinary instrument in a libel case is not acceptable. Babic, a famous investigative journalist, was arrested and treated like a criminal.”

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The South East Europe Media Organisation * Südosteuropäische Medienorganisation * Медијска организација Југоисточне Европе * Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Europe
Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Evrope * Organizata mediale e Evropës Juglindore * Medijska organizacija za Jugovzhodno Evropo
Медиумската организација на југоисточна Европа * Organizzazione dei Media del Sud-Est Europa *
l’Organisation des médias du Sud Est de l’Europe
Délkelet-európai Médiaszervezet * Organizácia médií juhovýchodnej Európy * Organizace medií jihovýchodní Evropy * Kaakkois-Euroopan maiden mediajarjesto
Медийна организация за югоизточна Европа * Media Organisatie voor Zuid Oost Europa * Organización de Medios de Comunicación del Sureste Europeo
Dimosiografikos Organismos Notioanatolikis Evropis (Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης) * Медиа Организация Юго-Восточной Европы
Медiа Органiзацiя Пiвденно-Схiдно Європи * Organizacja Medii Poludniowo-Wschodniej Europy * Cənubi-Şərqi Avropa üzrə Media Təşkilatının
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