The editor of the daily newspaper Dan and president of Commision for Research of Attacks on Journalists Markovic said that the threats addressed to the Director of Television Vijesti Marijana Bojanic are a consequence of the atmosphere of lynching, created by police through beatings and arrests of journalists. Furthermore he affirmed that if this practice would not be stopped immediately, it˙s only a matter of time, when the next journalist will be killed.
The EU Delegation said that they have been carefully monitoring events in Podgorica in the past few days. They expect from all parties to show restraint and to respect the law by adding that freedom of expression is a fundamental right.
A group of masked rioters stoned TV Pink after the end of the protest in Podgorica. The police detained MJ from Podgorica, being suspected of having thrown stones on the Pink journalist Ivana Drobnjak, which was injured through the attack. She received medical help in a clinical center of Montenegro.
In the occasion of the protests in front of the parliament, which were interrupted by the intervention of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the editorial board of the student radio KRŠ requires appropriate measures by the responsible state institutions. The board asked for interventions that shed light on allegations of police repression against journalists who were at this public rally to do their job, as well as allegations on the cyber attacks on the web portals.
Editor of the portal IN4S, Gojko Raičević, was brutally beaten and ended up in the Emergency Center, shortly after he was arrested during the police action against the protests in front of the national parliament. After receiving medical assistance and infusions, Raičević was taken to the police station for a hearing, afterwards he was released.
The head of the government's PR Bureau Srđan Kusovac did not timely inform the foreign media and news agencies in Montenegro on the necessary conditions for accreditation during the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, found out portal Vijesti.
Civic Alliance (CA) has launched the campaign ''Endangered Journalism: React!''. With the support of the European Commission, CA monitors the competent authorities in investigating cases of threats and violence against journalists, murders of journalists and attacks on media property.
“As long as in the countries of the OSCE journalists are threatened, imprisoned, attacked or beaten in the streets, we can not pretend that the problem does not exist”, said OSCE representative for Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic.