MONTENEGRO: Safety of journalists must be put first, SEEMO reminds Montenegrin authorities

MONTENEGRO, MONTENEGRO, 14/09/2017, 09:35

Vienna, 14 September 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed criticism after authorities in Montenegro failed to react properly following the death threats received by journalist Vladimir Otasevic (Vladimir Otašević).

The journalist claims that during a phone call with a brother of a high level Montenegrin politician, on Monday, 11 September, he received threats. According to Otasevic, while he was trying to obtain a phone number the brother of the politician verbally threatened him by referring to the 2004 death of editor-in-chief and founder of daily Dan Dusko Jovanovic (Duško Jovanović). After the brother of the politician subsequently denied these charges, daily Dan released an audio of the conversation and threats.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.

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