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Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Violence against Journalists during Veteran Protest in Sarajevo

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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A photojournalist of Klix.ba online news portal and several reporters of Al Jazeera Balkans TV were physically assaulted during army veteran protest in Sarajevo, on 26 July 2018. The photojournalist was approached by a protester and attacked with a metal rod after refusing to stop taking photographs. Reporters from Al Jazeera intervened in order to protect the photojournalist, but were attacked by other protesters.
Police has arrested the attacker, who was filmed assaulting the journalists and stating "it is not over". She will be prosecuted under the criminal law.
On 27 July, the editorial office of Klix.ba received an anonymous phone call of a man stating: "Yesterday, you escaped but this will not be the case again. We will find your reporters on the streets and chop their heads off". The case was reported to the local police.
31 Jul 2018
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemns physical attack against two reporters of klix.ba & AJBalkans.
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