Vienna, 19 April 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemned the brutal physical attack committed on journalist Sinisa Vickov (Siniša Vickov) in Split, Croatia.
On 18 April, Vickov left a county assembly meeting to temporarily report from another event. Once that event finished, Vickov wanted to re-enter the local government building and follow the session which was still in motion but was stopped by two private security employees. Despite him letting them know he was a journalist and trying to get through, he was then shuffled and punched, causing him to fall to the floor, after which the security persons continued kicking him. He received medical treatment and has two broken ribs.
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.