The Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety on Thursday condemned the physical assault on an N1 TV crew and verbal attack on Bosnia-Herzegovina Federal TV correspondent Dejan Kozul before the Red Star – Young Boys football match, the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) said.
The Regional Platform called the authorities to immediately launch an investigation to find the attackers, adding that it would inform European institutions about the incidents and request their intervention.
The NUNS said that it had recorded 85 cases of pressure, verbal and physical assaults on media crews in 2019.
NUNS President Zeljko Bodrozic said that several journalists were prevented from doing their job at the game, culminating in violence against Kozul and the N1 TV crew as well as the denial of access to Danas daily reporters by the Red Star club.
The NUNS statement recalled that the N1 crew was first verbally attacked with calls of Spies and American Mercenaries before one of the hooligans tried to grab the camera lens and reporter’s microphone, dissatisfied with questions about the tank parked in front of the stadium. Kozul was approached by a group of young men demanding to know what he was doing and was asked if he is Serb when he said he was making a report for the Sarajevo TV station.
The Regional Platform is a network of journalists’ and media organizations across the Western Balkans which was formed in 2016 with European Union financial assistance and support.