BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: SEEMO calls for actions as authorities in BiH fail to protect journalist

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, 21/11/2016, 13:25

Vienna, 21 November 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was appalled to learn that blogger and journalist Slobodan Vaskovic fled Bosnia and Herzegovina after repeatedly receiving death threats.

Vaskovic is at an undisclosed location and has stated that he left the country for reasons of his own security. The blogger frequently came into conflict with political figures, most prominent of which is the president of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik. He published several of the threats received from who he claims are members of Dodik’s political party, Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) on his blog page. 

SEEMO expressed deepest concerns for the well-being of Vaskovic, as well his safety in the future. They also call on Milorad Dodik and members of his party to officially come out and state that the freedom and safety of those critical towards the establishment are guaranteed.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.

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