HND condemns death threats against journalists

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Friday condemned death threats and calls for violence against reporters, adding that it expected urgent official reaction from the relevant institutions.

A disgruntled man who had been the subject of an item on the Nova TV current affairs programme "Provjereno" told reporter Ema Branica that she could end up like the late Ivo Pukanic, which is undoubtedly a death threat, HND says in a press release.

Pukanic who was the editor-in-chief of the Nacional weekly and his associate Niko Franic were killed in a bomb explosion in Zagreb on 23 October 2008.

The Provjereno team last week aired a story about a man disguising himself as a woman trying to dupe elderly demented men in an effort to come into possession of their real estate.

That same man threatened to slap Branica and called her a "piece of trash."

HND welcomes the fact that the man who had threatened Branica has been arrested which was confirmed by the Zagreb police department and the association hopes that he will be penalised appropriately.

HND also condemns threats circulating via social networks in the form of a warrant against reporters who were filming a church in Zagreb where Mass was celebrated for several Ustasha commanders during the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) and sentenced to death after WWII.

HND warned that this was a gross misuse of social networks and urged the State Prosecutor (DORH) to react in cases of this nature to prevent verbal threats from possibly turning into physical.

HND further underlined that there were many cases of death threats and attacks on reporters that have not been resolved for years and called on relevant authorities to finally identify the perpetrators and their possible instigators and to have them penalised.

The State Prosecutor's Office said on its website on Friday afternoon that the suspect had been remanded in custody.

Last update: Fri, 30/09/2016 - 15:58

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