11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 1
Resolved
Alert created on: 18 Jun 2015 Croatia

Brutal Physical Attack on Freelancer Željko Peratović

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Croatian freelance journalist Željko Peratović, chief editor of 45lines.com website, was beaten up by three unidentified assailants at his home in Luka Pokupska, near Karlovac, on 28 May, 2015. The attack was condemned by the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND), the EFJ and the IFJ, which demanded that the case be investigated as a criminal offence. Peratović, the winner of this year’s HND award for investigative journalism, believed the attack was prompted by his articles about the ongoing trial in Munich of Yugoslav-era senior security official Josip Perković.
Resolved
11 Jun 2019: On 11 June 2019, considering that the perpetrators were sentenced, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
15 Jan 2018
On 14 December 2017, the Municipal Criminal Court in Zagreb sentenced the three authors of the attack perpetrated on journalist Željko Peratović to respectively one year, three years, and three and a half years of imprisonment for heavy bodily harm, unlawful trespassing and property destruction.
16 Mar 2017
On 16 March 2017 the trial against Peratović`s three assailants began at the Zagreb Municipal Court.
05 Feb 2016
In February 2016 the Karlovac county prosecutor closed the murder attempt investigation for lack of evidence, and opened an investigation against the three attackers for attempted grievous bodily harm, home invasion and material damage. Feeling insecure in Croatia, Željko Peratović decided to move to Switzerland.
06 Aug 2015
Three people who allegedly physically attacked Croatian investigative journalist Zeljko Peratovic in May 2015 will be investigated for attempted murder.
Follow-ups
13 May 2016
Following his visit to Croatia, the Commissioner for human rights expresses his concern about the inadequate response by the authorities to the reported cases of physical attacks, death threats and intimidation against journalists.
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