First instance verdict: 15 months in prison for attacking the journalist

BJELOVAR 05.03.2018. – Nenad Šajnović, who physically attacked Nova TV reporter Ema Branica on September 16, 2017, while she was working, was convicted at Bjelovar Court to 15 months in prison at the first instance (suspended sentence). The attack took place in Veliki Pašljan close to the town of Garešnica during shooting the story for Nova TV show „Verified“ (Provjereno“).

Nenad Šajnović got 7 months imprisonment for threatening and 9 months for causing serious injuries in an attempt. The verdicts were accumulated into 15 months of imprisonment.

Ana Šajnović was convicted to 6 months (suspended sentence) for threatening and to 30 days of imprisonment for disturbing law and order as well as to 1000 kunas for court expenses.

To remind you of the incident: On September 16, 2017, in Velki Pašijan TV crew was shooting the story and was approached by the brother of story protagonist Nenad Šajnović threatening to kill the crew members. He came to Ema Branica, Nova TV journalist, and pushed her hard so she tumbled into a ditch. Then he attacked cameraman trying to break his camera.

According to the police report, Ana Šajnović (73) took part in the attack by screaming and beating the TV crew by some metal tube.

Croatian Journalists’ Association condemned the attack and called institutions to protect journalists.

The Attack is enlisted in the regional database of attacks against journalists

You can see the video of the attack here.

Ema Tarabochia/Vesna Arsovski, Bjelovar, 06/03/2018