The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) on Tuesday thanked domestic, foreign and international organisations and institutions for expressing concern about, as it said, the attempted murder of HND president Sasa Lekovic, but warned that journalists in Croatia have been receiving threats, including death threats, with impunity for quite some time.
The HND welcomed the police investigation into last week's tampering with Lekovic's car and the threats he received, as well as threats against other journalists, saying it was a message that attacks on journalists would not be ignored in the future. It expects attackers on journalists finally to be punished.
The HND said it was "horrified" by comments on social networks which could be qualified as hate speech or incitement to new attacks on journalists, expressing concern that some comments had been written by influential public figures.
Last Friday, the HND and many non-governmental organisations called for an investigation into the alleged attempt on Lekovic's life. The incident with his car and earlier threats against journalists prompted a number of parliamentary groups to request a session of the parliamentary media committee.
Earlier that day, Lekovic posted on Facebook that he experienced car trouble en route to Serbia and that a mechanic established that two screws on the right front wheel had been half-sawn.