August 24, 2023

24.08.2023 – Violence Attack Against Journalist: Attack in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirza Dervišević, the owner and editor of the ( portal, faced allegedly an assault in the center of Brčko, Brčko District, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mirza Dervišević was subjected to an attack by an unknown assailant on Saturday 19 August 2023 in the evening, resulting in grave head injuries. Dervišević who lives for several years outside Bosnia and Herzegovina, was private in Brčko on vacation walking to his home with his mother at the time of the assault. He was attacked by a masked man. Dervišević provided a detailed report of the attack to the police. According to him, the attack was because of reports he is publishing on his web portal.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the attack against Mirza Dervišević. SEEMO underscores the need to establish a secure and protected environment for journalists to carry out their work.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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