PODGORICA, 11.03.2021 – In the case of shedding light on the murder of the editor-in-chief of “Dana”, Dusko Jovanovic, there are some progress, it was stated in the latest report of the Commission for Monitoring the Competent Authorities in Investigations of Threats and Violence Against Journalists, Murders of Journalists and Attacks on Media Property.
It was specified that the Agency for National Security and the Police Directorate submitted the requested documentation regarding the case, which is marked with a degree of secrecy and with which only members who have permits can get acquainted. The commission’s report also raises the issue that a number of members still do not have permission to access classified information.
Between October 4, 2021, and February 10, 2022, the Commission analyzed 12 cases of attacks or threats against journalists to the detriment of 17 journalists and two attacks on the property to the detriment of one journalist and one media outlet.
“In two cases, according to the available documentation, the competent authorities fully implemented all necessary measures and actions to shed light on the attacks on journalists. In several cases, the Commission considers that the attacks have not been fully clarified / all measures and actions have been taken, “the report reads.
Analyzing the case of the attack on the TV N1 team from Sarajevo, in Cetinje, on September 5, 2021, the Commission determined that the state authorities, for unknown reasons, took a minimum number of actions to find the truth about this attack, although the documentation states that they had in their possession a CD on the event in question which had been delivered from N1 television.
Also, the Commission recommends that the competent Prosecutor’s Office, whenever a defendant is a returnee, or when he is convicted of criminal offenses with elements of violence, in addition to imprisonment or a fine, propose appropriate security measures, especially a restraining order.
The Commission recommends that the Police take statements from citizens by police officers in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was not the item in some cases.