KOSOVO: Bomb Attack on Home of Radio Journalist in Kosovo municipality Zvecan

KOSOVO, 21/07/2010

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns yesterday's attack on Caslav Milisavljevic, Editor-in-Chief of Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, in the Kosovo municipality of Zvecan.

According to information received by SEEMO, during the early morning hours of 20 July 2010, an explosive device was thrown in the courtyard of Milisavljevic's home. The device exploded, causing damage to three automobiles, but fortunately no one was hurt in the incident. Although Milisavljevic reported the attack to the local police, the unknown perpetrators remain at large.

"SEEMO strongly condemns the bomb attack on Milisavljevic and calls upon the local authorities to carry out an immediate and thorough investigation and to bring to justice those responsible," SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.

Vujovic continued, "Journalists must never be targeted for what they write or say, regardless of their reporting style or their background. Furthermore, any attacks on journalists must be fully investigated and carry consequences for the perpetrators. SEEMO urges the local police to do everything in their power to provide a secure environment for journalists."

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