According to Bajlo’s report the physical attack was preceded by insulting him. The attacker said Bajlo wrote for “Chetnicks’ index” and “shit of Nacional weekly” and threatened him to “cut his head off” if he went on writing about his friends Zdravko Livaković, Božidar Kalmeta and HDZ. It was followed by punches on his head and body, he was thrown to the ground, beaten again; he finally fainted. At the Zadar Emergency Hospital he was diagnosed: right arm fracture and series of injuries on his body and head. Injuries have been qualified as severe.
Hrvoje Bajlo has published at his Zadar News portal list of property of Zdravko Livaković, the former state secretary at the Ministry of Sea, Traffic and Infrastructure. That property has been frozen by USKOK due to the court case known as “Tugboat”. In that court procedure Božidar Kalmeta, the former Minister, Zdravko Livaković, his state secretary and dozen of other persons have been accused for extracting more then 15 million kunas from state companies.
Even in previous years Hrvoje Bajlo was threatened and insulted because of his uncompromising work. In spite of the fact all of those threats were reported to the police none of them have not been solved yet.
CJA calls for resolute actions of the police and justice institutions. We call the highest representatives of the administration to clearly condemn even more frequent threats and attacks against journalists. By silence and rationalization, seen in he case of Minister Medved’s threats against Vojislav Mazzocco, the Index.hr portal journalist, the highest state institutions cleary take side of the attackers against basic journalists’ rights and freedom of speech encouraging by that atmosphere of fear and violence in the society.
Denis Romac, CJA vice-president