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Alert created on: 27 Aug 2018 n° 88/2018 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.
11 Jun 2019: One of the assailants, Marko Čolić, has been charged with attempted murder and is currently on trial. Police are still looking for the second suspect, Nedeljko Dukic, and an international arrest warrant has been issued.   Article published on BN TV website (in Bosnian): "Svjedoci o napadu na novinara BN TV"
11 Jun 2020
In July 2019, the first instance court had sentenced Marko Colic to four years on charges of attempted murder on journalist Vladimir Kovacevic. On 9 March 2020, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Srpska increased the sentence to 5 years in prison. The second suspect, Nedeljko Dukić, who surrendered to the police in November 2019, is being prosecuted. His trial started on 5 June 2020.
11 Sep 2018
On 10 September 2018, police arrested a suspect over the attack on Vladimir Kovačević.
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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