Vienna, 28 June 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was concerned to learn about the recent culmination of threats against Croatian journalist Hassan Diab.
Diab is a reporter for the daily Vecernji list and regularly publishes pieces concerning the wars in Libya, Iraq and Syria. In early June, he published an article that contained classified documents, including names of jihadists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia who have gone to Syrian and Iraqi battlefields. Aside from being the recipient of hate speech, physical and death threats from multiple anonymous individuals through social media, Diab was also put under public scrutiny by certain media outlets and public figures in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.