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BH Journalists Association and Free Media Help Line express their concern over the brutal physical attack at Štefica Galić PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

BH Journalists Association and Free Media Help Line express their concern over the brutal physical attack at Štefica Galić, the editor in chief of the Tacno.net portal. Štefica Galić was attacked on her way home, on the night of 18th July in Ljubuški. With that event she had minor body injuries.

The fact that an assault on the editor Štefica Galić happened because of publicly announced opinion over the war events from the year 1993 in the area Ljubuški is defeating. The reason for that is the display of the documentary about her husband Nedeljko Galić, awarded for courage and the help of Bosniaks during the war years in that part of Hercegowina. The fact that the editor in chief of an online media was attacked gives an additional weight to the problem, which can have negative consequences on her future journalistic engagement.

We are terrified with the fact that the freedom of speech, advocacy of democratic values and humanity in dealing with neighbors are being sanctioned with brutal physical violence, threats and persecution of persons who represent and publicly promote such attitudes. What is even more concerning is the fact that the police officers of Zapadnohercegovački canton are trying to present the prevention of freedom of speech, that is undoubtedly the physical attack on Štefica Galić, as a minor offense against the law and order and as media exaggeration. With such behavior police is trying to minimize the brutal suppression of freedom of speech and present the physical attack on Štefica Galić as a casual personal incident and media speculation.

BH journalist association and Journalist help line are demanding from the police of Zapadnoneretvanski canton to urgently take all the measures necessary to protect the editor of Tacno.net portal and to initiate legal procedures of sanctioning the person or persons responsible for the attack on Štefica Galić.

Board of directors of Association of BH journalists


 

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