CROATIA: Death threats against the journalist - Croatia

CROATIA, CROATIA, 19/03/2008, 09:50

The Vienna-based 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 deeply concerned about the recent death threats against the Croatian journalist Vedran Strukar.

According to information made available to SEEMO, on 10 March, Strukar who is a journalist of the leading media company Europe Press Holding, received several SMS and phone calls expressing death threats. Strukar informed the police about the threats addressed to him and his family members. The threats are probably related on the article written by Strukar, sources said.

Commenting on the incident, SEEMO Secretary General, Oliver Vujovic, said "SEEMO strongly condemns all threats against journalists as a violation of the fundamental principle of freedom of expression. I would like to urge an immediate and through investigation by the Croatian authorities”.

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