19 Dec 2017 Lvl. 2
Resolved
Alert created on: 21 Nov 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Blogger Flees Country after Receiving Death Threats

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner Index CPJ RSF
Partner Index CPJ RSF
On 20 November 2016, Slobodan Vaskovic, a well-known blogger and journalist from Banja Luka, announced he had left Bosnia and Herzegovina fearing for his life. “I realised that my life might be in danger and I was forced to leave Bosnia and Herzegovina until further notice,” Vaskovic wrote on his blog. Vaskovic also wrote that a high ranking police officer warned him that his life was in danger, which prompted him to immediately leave the country. The journalist was known as an outspoken critic of the government of Republika Srpska (RS), underlining that it was not the first time Vaskovic said he had received death threats. Dragan Lukac, RS Interior minister, told the press that the police had no knowledge of death threats made to Vaskovic. Vaskovic started to receive death threats via social media after reporting on 2 October local elections and publishing video clips allegedly showing RS President Milorad Dodik ordering his ministers not to communicate with any mayors from opposition parties. Vaskovic also published a video on his blog where Dodik can be seen saying the party has a "black book" of all the people that have represented a problem to them.
Resolved
: On 19 December 2017, following the journalist’s return to Banja Luka and his decision not to press charges, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
29 Nov 2016
On 29 November 2016 Slobodan Vaskovic returned to Banja Luka. He decided not to report the incident to the police.
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