OSCE Representative calls on authorities in Montenegro to investigate detentions of journalists and to ensure journalists’ safety
VIENNA, 18 October 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the arrests of two journalists covering public protests in Podgorica, Montenegro, and urged for swift and transparent investigations of the cases.
“Members of the media must be able to report on matters of public interest in a free and safe manner,” Mijatović said. “Law enforcement agencies are responsible for protecting journalists and I trust that these arrests will be thoroughly and swiftly investigated.”
On 17 October, Dražen Živković, journalist with Dan daily newspaper, was arrested while covering a public protest in Podgorica. He was taken into police custody and detained for several hours. Živković is facing misdemeanor charges and his trial is expected to commence on 26 November. Gojko Raičević, editor of the IN4S news portal, was also arrested on the scene, but was later released and is facing misdemeanor charges.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 57 OSCE participating States. She provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and media freedom and promotes full compliance with OSCE media freedom commitments. Learn more at www.osce.org/fom, Twitter: @OSCE_RFoM and on www.facebook.com/osce.rfom.