The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was appalled by the brutal attack on long-time journalist and blogger Zeljko Peratovic on May 28.
Peratovic was attacked by three men who came into his home and assaulted him. They claimed that the attack was in response to certain articles Peratovic wrote, but he believes the cause was his engagement in political and security issues. He was allegedly fired from his position at the daily Vijesnik for similar reasons. The police have been notified and are looking for suspects. Peratovic received medical help shortly after the attack.
“It is intolerable to allow such a hostile environment for journalists to fester in Croatia” Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary General stated. “As a member state of the European Union, Croatia needs to strive towards democracy and tolerance. For this reason I call on authorities to react in earnest, and to find the perpetrators at once. Media freedom and investigative journalism cannot be threatened by physical attacks” he added.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.