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Journalist receives death threats

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 19 March 2008 press release by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate:

Croatian journalist receives death threats

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the recent death threats against the Croatian journalist Vedran Strukar.

According to information made available to SEEMO, on 10 March Strukar, who is a journalist of the leading media company Europe Press Holding, received several SMS and phone calls expressing death threats.

Strukar informed the police about the threats addressed to him and his family members. The threats are probably related to an article written by Strukar, sources said. The article was published in the 10 March edition of the Croatian weekly magazine "Arena" and was about a famous Croatian pop singer.

Commenting on the incident, SEEMO Secretary General, Oliver Vujovic, said "SEEMO strongly condemns all threats against journalists as a violation of the fundamental principle of freedom of expression. I would like to urge an immediate and thorough investigation by the Croatian authorities".

SEEMO is a regional network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe.

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