The Vienna-based South East Europe Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the brutal beating of Zorana Bojovic, correspondent for the Serbian news agency BETA in the Russian Federation. The correspondent and her husband, Russian journalist Gennady Sysoyev, were beaten in a town near Moscow on 14 August 2011.
Bojovic spent several days in hospital due to the severity of her injuries. As she informed SEEMO, the police have dismissed the case and the prosecution refrained from pressing charges.
“I am very concerned that what happened to Zorana and Gennady can happen to anyone, either for professional reasons or because they happened to be in the street at the wrong time. I urge the Russian authorities to investigate this case and punish the perpetrators,” said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.