12 May 1998


Journalist victim of bombing

Incident details

Zenepe Luka



(RSF/IFEX) - According to information released by RSF on 12 May 1998, late
in the evening of 10 May, explosives were placed at the door of Zenepe
Luka's home in an attempted bombing. Luka is a correspondent with the daily
"Koha Jone" in Vlora (southern Albania). His two children and two young
neighbours were slightly injured, and the house sustained damage.

According to the local police chief, the bombing attempt was meant to
"physically eliminate the family of Zenepe Luka, but also targeted freedom
of the press." An investigation into the incident has begun.

This attack took place the day after a meeting of the (opposition)
Democratic Party in Vlora, to which Luka had been refused entry. Several
days earlier Luka had written an article about the tension in Vlora in the
days leading up to the opposition meeting.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • asking them to use their influence to find those responsible for this
    attempted bombing
  • asking them to assure the security of the Zenepe family

    Appeals To

    Mr. Perikli Teta
    Minister of Public Order
    Fax : +355 42 23 338

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Phone: +33 1 44 83 84 84
    Fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51

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