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Several reporters and cameramen attacked while covering protests by right-wing nationalist organisations

(ANEM/IFEX) - The following is an ANEM statement:

ANEM TO CONDEMN ATTACKS ON REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN DURING PROTESTS IN BELGRADE AND NOVI SAD

Belgrade, July 24, 2008 - The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) strongly condemns attacks on reporters and cameramen during protests of several rightwing nationalists' organizations on the occasion of Radovan Karadzic's arrest, on July 23rd in Belgrade and on July 22nd in Novi Sad.

Protestors threw a beer bottle on Zoran Jovanovic, a cameraman with the FoNet news agency, while he was filming the protest in Decanska Street in Belgrade. A B92 cameraman was kicked, his camera was damaged, and a rubber hose was thrown at him. A reporter with the Srna News Agency was attacked by the protestors, and the same happened to her colleague when he tried to help her. Beta News Agency reported that protestors threatened a Bjeljina based BN Television reporter too. The Reporters' Association of Vojvodina reported that a cameraman with the Novi Sad based Apolo Television was attacked in Novi Sad on July 22, while he was filming protests organized on the occasion of the arrest of Radovan Karadzic in Novi Sad.

ANEM representatives are of the opinion that these attacks on media professionals present a renewed attempt to create an atmosphere of fear and anxiety to prevent media from performing their primary function of presenting complete and objective information to the general public on all the issues they are entitled and interested to be informed about, which is necessary in a society that is presenting itself as being democratic.

ANEM adamantly requests that decisive and adequate measures be taken in order to effectively prevent the creation of such an atmosphere of fear, and also to protect media professionals, together with the general public and their right to information of general interest. ANEM would thus like to show its full solidarity with the colleagues who suffered these attacks, and also to appeal to the relevant institutions and individuals to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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