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IFJ concerned for journalist's safety

(IFJ/IFEX) - The IFJ is concerned for the safety of Zjelko Peratovic.
According to the IFJ's information, Peratovic, a journalist with "Globus",
has been receiving threats from members of the Croatian Information Service.
Some of these threats have come from a named officer, and have been directed
against Peratovic and his family.

The IFJ is concerned that these threats are intended to stop Peratovic from
publishing articles about members of the Croatian Information Service. The
organisation is also concerned that Peratovic may not be the only journalist
receiving such threats.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:
  • noting that such actions are attacks on freedom of expression, and are
    particularly worrying as they suggest that an agent of the state finds it
    acceptable to threaten journalists until they exercise self-censorship
  • urging them to fully investigate these allegations, and to ensure that
    journalists are free to carry out their profession in safety. This includes
    the right to write and publish investigative pieces on public officials and
    other state employees

    Appeals To

    Franjo Tudjman
    President of the Republic of Croatia
    Predsjednicki dvori
    Pantovcak 241
    10000 Zagreb, Zagrebacka Zupanija
    Fax: +385 1 45 65 208
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Ivan Penic
    Minister of the Interior
    Fax: +385 1 61 22 452

    Zlatko Matesja
    President of the Government
    Trg Sv. Marka 2
    10000 Zagreb, Zagrebacka Zupanija
    Fax: +385 1 63 03 019
    E-mail (temporary): [email protected]

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

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