3 October 1997


Three journalists and head of independent union of journalists assaulted during opposition protest

Incident details

Slobodan Miljevic, Emil Vas, Vladan Markovic



(RSF/IFEX) - On the evening of 1 October 1997, Slobodan Miljevic,
correspondent with the Frankfurt, Germany newspaper "Vesti", Emil
Vas, photographer with the Reuters news agency, and Vladan
Markovic, photographer with the daily "NT Plus", were assaulted
during the intervention by anti-riot police in a demonstration
protesting the dismissal of the mayor of Belgrade Zoran Dzindzic
and the changes in the management at the Studio B television
station (see IFEX alert). Miljevic stated that he had been
dragged by police who beat him with their clubs. Vas's camera was
damaged by the police. Both journalists were arrested; they were
released later in the evening.

The same day, Dragutin Rokvic, secretary general of the
Independent Union of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS), was arrested
by police. According to witnesses, Rokvic was handcuffed and
beaten by police. Rokvic, who suffered a broken wrist, was
released after midnight.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • strongly protesting the assault of the three journalists and the
    head of NUNS
  • indicating that these attacks serve to create a negative climate
    for press freedom

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Slobodan Milosevic
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax: +381 11 656 862 / 682 167 / 682 850 / 636 775

    His Excellency Zoran Lilic
    Republic of Serbia
    Fax: +381 11 656 862 / 682 167

    Ministry of Information
    Republic of Serbia
    Fax: +381 11 685 937 / 659 370
    e-mail: mirs@eunet.yu

    Ministry of Information
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax: +381 11 600 446

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

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