26th of August, two masked persons waited for Kovačević in front of the building he lives in, attacked him with telescoping metal poles and inflicted him heavy bodily injury.
Kovačević was attacked shortly after he has sent his reports from the city – demonstrations held in Banja Luka, where the group “Justice for David” (a group of citizen struggling to uncover the truth about the murder of a young student from Baanja Lulla David Dragičević) is gathered daily, and after a serial of verbal attacks and political pressures on journalists from BN by public officials in this entity.
During the protest of the demobilized fighters of the Army of BiH in front of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the participants in the protest – Esma Turulja, attacked the reporter of the portal Klix with a metal bullet, inflicting minor injuries on him, then clashed with a cameraman Al Jazeera Balkans who tried to protect his colleague and continued insulting and verbally attacking other press teams that followed the Sarajevo protests.
On the 21st of August, shorty before midnight a group of approximately fifteen men attacked the BHRT team returning from an assignment in Široki Brijeg. The driver suffered serious injuries, and a significant material damage was done.
In the past few days, Dino Jahic and his colleagues from Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia have been constantly exposed to insults that, at one moment, turned into serious death threats. Apart from negative comments, vulgar insults, the messages also contain hate speech regarding the name and origin of colleague Jahić, as well as explicit death threats, e.g. that it should be made a hole in his skull.
This situation in which is Dino Jahic now is a direct consequence of the statements of issued by the president of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, who attacked the editor-in-chief of CINS on August 21, accusing him of leading the center, which, with the financial support of international organizations, demolishes the political structures in the region, without providing any evidence for his dangerous allegations.
Journalist Shkumbin Kajtazi recevied threatening telephone call from Mitrovica Mayor, Agim Bahtiri. The threat came as a result of an article journalist Kajtazi wrote about an employment of a young girl in the position of the chief of staff at Bahtiri’s office.
Novinari slovenačke POP TV Irena Joveva i Kanala A Miha Orešnik su privedeni u stanicu prijedorske policije dok su snimali istraživačku priču o Dijani Đuđić, državljanki BiH iz Prijedora, za koju se navodi kako je pozajmila 450.000 eura Janezu Janši, predsjedniku Socijaldemokratskog saveza Slovenije.
Journalist Dusan Vojvodic said for UNS that someone tampered with the wheels on his car. Vojvodic noticed unusual thumping sounds from the wheels of his car while driving home from Belgrade. He stopped at a local garage where a mechanic found that the bolts on the wheels had been tampered with. Vojvodic believes this happened because of his reporting on local issues in Zajecar.
Verica Marincic, a journalist with the Indjija Kafe portal which covers local news in the town, was verbally assaulted on Friday by two young men riding past her in a car. “I didn’t realize that they were shouting at me because I don’t know either of them. I heard them cursing and saying: video this now and curse,” Marincic told the Beta news agency, adding that she suspects that one of them drove a car which was filmed driving through a red light at high speed in the center of Indjija on June 26. “We published that video on the portal and social networks and appealed for the authorities to react because the same car was seen rushing around the town several times,” she said.
Journalist Elma Kazagić was discriminated, insulted and suffered mobbing in FTV, by the general director of FTV, Džemal Šabić.