10 Jun 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 10 Jun 2020 n° 67/2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

TV Journalist Sinan Gluhić Attacked by Politician

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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On 5 June 2020, RTV Zenica journalist Sinan Gluhić was hit in the neck and face on his way to work by a politician of the Party of Democratic Activity (A-SDA), Sulejman Spahić, who also threatened the journalist to death. The attack was preceded by days of verbal threats and insults to Gluhic via telephone and social networks, especially Facebook. These incidents are believed to be connected to Gluhić’s posts on social media, on 31 May, about the delayed construction work on a local road.

The incident was reported to police and recorded, as well as threats Gluhic received in the previous period. A report has been submitted to the local prosecutor’s office in Zenica. Spahić has been charged with endangering public safety.

The Bosnian journalists’ association and the High Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) condemned the attacks and called for a swift investigation.
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10 Jun 2020
OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns physical attack and threats against journalist in Zenica
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