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CJA and TUCJ: We expect the police to find the attackers on journalist Goran Latković

21.11.2021.

The Croatian Journalists' Association (CJA) and the Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ) strongly condemned the physical attack on RTL journalist Goran Latković while reporting from a protest against epidemiological measures and COVID certificates, held yesterday in the center of Zagreb, Croatia.

According to Latković's colleague, two unknown persons cowardly attacked him from behind and slapped him on the face twice, while the third hit him in the ribs. Also, the target of verbal attacks were the TV crews from Nova TV and Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), while a group of protesters took the microphone of Al Jazeera journalist Nikolina Zavisic in the middle of a live broadcast.

At the protest, which the organizers call the fight for freedom, our colleagues were denied the right to work freely and report in the public interest.

CJA and TUCJ express full support to their colleague Latković and all journalists, cameramen, radio television technicians and photo reporters, who are exposed to attacks by anti-vaxxers and opponents of corona measures almost every day. We therefore expect the police to urgently investigate and find the perpetrators, the judicial institutions to punish them, and the Government to condemn such behaviour.

CJA and TUCJ once again warn of the unbearable atmosphere in which journalists are increasingly targets of both verbal and physical attacks. Journalism is a public good and no one has the right to physically attack and insult people who are just doing their job.

Maja Sever, President of the Trade nioin of Croatian Journalists

Hrvoje Zovko, President of the Croatian Journalists' Association

The Croatian Journalists' Association (CJA) and the Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ) strongly condemned the physical attack on RTL journalist Goran Latković while reporting from a protest against epidemiological measures and COVID certificates, held yesterday in the center of Zagreb, Croatia.

According to Latković's colleague, two unknown persons cowardly attacked him from behind and slapped him on the face twice, while the third hit him in the ribs. Also, the target of verbal attacks were the TV crews from Nova TV and Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), while a group of protesters took the microphone of Al Jazeera journalist Nikolina Zavisic in the middle of a live broadcast.

At the protest, which the organizers call the fight for freedom, our colleagues were denied the right to work freely and report in the public interest.

CJA and TUCJ express full support to their colleague Latković and all journalists, cameramen, radio television technicians and photo reporters, who are exposed to attacks by anti-vaxxers and opponents of corona measures almost every day. We therefore expect the police to urgently investigate and find the perpetrators, the judicial institutions to punish them, and the Government to condemn such behaviour.

CJA and TUCJ once again warn of the unbearable atmosphere in which journalists are increasingly targets of both verbal and physical attacks. Journalism is a public good and no one has the right to physically attack and insult people who are just doing their job.

Maja Sever, President of the Trade nioin of Croatian Journalists

Hrvoje Zovko, President of the Croatian Journalists' Association

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