The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was appalled to learn that Croatian journalist Drago Miljus (Drago Miljuš) was attacked in the town of Split.
On 10 October, Miljus was in Split covering a story about a potential suicide bomber who later unfortunately went through with his threats. During the coverage, a police officer began verbally provoking the journalist, which evolved into pushing, after which the policeman threw Miljus’ mobile phone into the sea. Then a special police force member attacked Miljus physically, hitting him and knocking him to the ground.
The journalist received medical assistance after the attack.
It was revealed today, 13 October, that the policemen in question were suspended from their positions and were to be penalized for their actions.
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.