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IPI condemns attack on journalist

(IPI/IFEX) - Vienna, 14 October 2011 - The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the attack against journalist Sasho Dikov. An explosive device was placed underneath Dikov's car and was detonated on 13 October 2011 around 10 pm. The car was parked in front of the journalist's home in Sofia. Dikov was not in the car. According to police sources, one kilo of explosives was placed next to the front left tire.

While Dikov is widely known in Bulgaria for his sports reporting, he is also a political commentator. Dikov, the program director of the private television channel Kanal 3, has been critical of the Bulgarian government.

"I urge the Bulgarian police to find the perpetrators and protect journalists," said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. "I wish to remind the authorities that another case must also be solved. On 10 February 2011, an explosive was placed in the basement of the Galerija newspaper offices. We are still waiting to see who was responsible for it. In a democratic country, journalists and media should be able to work without fear."
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