SERBIA: SEEMO concerned at attacks on Serbian journalists’ homes with Molotov cocktails

SERBIA, 25/10/2012

Unknown attackers have launched Molotov cocktails against journalists’ homes in Serbia’s capital Belgrade in two incidents in one week.

At 3.30 on 23 October 2012, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the terrace of Biljana Vujovic, a presenter with TV Kopernikus. Vujovic, who was lucky to be awake, was able to react quickly and to extinguish the fire that started spreading.

One week earlier, on the evening of 16 October 2012, someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the house of Damir Dragic, director of the Belgrade-based tabloid daily Informer. Although no one was injured, the family car was gutted by fire.

“If police do not find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, it will likely be assumed that attacks against journalists will simply go unpunished, as it has often happened in the past,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said. “It is worrisome how often these attacks are taking place.”

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