Vienna, 23 October 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed dismay after learning that a man broke into the offices of independent Moscow radio station Echo Moskvy and stabbed journalist Tatyana (Tatjana) Felgengauer (Татьяна Фельгенгауэр) in the neck with a sharp object.
Felgengauer is deputy editor and a well-known show presenter. Following this attack, she received medical help. The assailant was quickly restrained, taken to the police department and placed in detention. According to the police, his answers during the questioning after the attack were “inadequate”, and he will be submitted to a psychological examination.
“We are horrified that anyone can simply walk into the premises of a media outlet and brutally attack a journalist” Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General said today. “We call on authorities to deal with this case according to its severity, work on protecting journalists and provide them with safety, especially in their work space and we call media owners better to protect the staff working for a media company” Vujovic added.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe.