VIENNA, 11 September 2016 – On 8 September, Zdenko Duka, former President of the Croatian Journalist Association and journalists, who was reporting for the Croatian daily Novi List from Rijeka, was verbally attacked by some participants of a pre election meeting.
The group verbally attacked him as a “spy” and “person who works against interests of Croatia”. Additional he was offended to work for SDP party. The group took photos of Zdenko Duka as they shouted his name.
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns this verbal attack on a journalist in Croatia. Organizers of a public event have to take care about order and peace and one of the basic rules is to protect journalists who are reporting from the event..
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.