Physical Attack Against Journalist Drago Miljuš

Update: 18 Nov 2017 State replied
Year 13 Oct 2017 Country Croatia Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ , Index Alert level Level 1
13 Oct 2017 Croatia A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists State EFJ/IFJ , Index Level 1

On 11 October 2017, index.hr portal journalist Drago Miljuš was standing at the public facility outside police lines covering the police intervention at the Obojena svijetlost beach in Split (Croatia). The intervention was related to a suicide bomber who, unfortunately, came through with his intention. One of the policemen present started driving Miljuš off, first verbally and then by pushing him away. The policeman threw Miljuš mobile phone into the sea. He was joined by a special police force officer who hit the journalist in the head, knocking him down and splitting his lips. After the incident, Miljuš requested medical assistance at the hospital where his lips were stitched. Split police department announced that it has opened an investigation into this incident and will inform the public about its findings.

Updates

18 Nov 2017 : Following the attack on Miljuš, the Parliamentary Committee for Information, Informatisation and the Media requested a report on the incident from the Ministry of the Interior. On 18 November 2017 the Committee received the report, which stated that both police officers had been suspended and an internal disciplinary action had been initiated. Additionally, criminal charges were filed against the officers for causing physical injury and damaging property, respectively.

State replies

31 Oct 2017 : Response from the Croatian authorities
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