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Alert created on: 27 Aug 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

BN TV Correspondent Attacked by Two Masked Persons in Banja Luka

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 26 August 2018, two masked persons attacked BN TV correspondent, Vladimir Kovačević, in front of the building where he lives, in Banja Luka.

Kovačević was going home after reporting about the latest protest organised in Banja Luka by the group “Justice for David”, calling on the authorities to uncover the truth about the murder of a young student from Baanja Lulla. According to the journalist, the two unknown perpetrators were waiting for him and beat him up with metal rods. The journalist was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital in the evening.

The attack was reported to the police and an investigation has been launched.
Updates
11 Sep 2018
On 10 September 2018, police arrested a suspect over the attack on Vladimir Kovačević.
Follow-ups
11 Sep 2018
OSCE Representative welcomes that one of attackers responsible for severe beating of journalist Vladimir Kovačević in Banja Luka has been arrested and will continue closely following further investigation.
27 Aug 2018
OSCE Representative condemns physical attack against journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina and urges swift investigation
27 Aug 2018
Shocked by the violent assault on Vladimir Kovačević, the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the authorities of Republika Srpska to identify and punish those responsible for the attack.
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