Prime Minister Milo Đukanović asserted late last year that Montenegro’s journalists enjoy “absolute freedom of expression.” Over the subsequent weeks, reporter Lidija Nikčević of the independent daily Dan was severely beaten with a bat, bombs struck the office (pictured) of another daily, Vijesti, as well as the home of one of its columnists, and arsonists torched one of the paper’s vehicles, marking the fifth such attack on Vijesti since 2011. This is only a sample of the unchecked aggression faced by independent journalists in Montenegro.
Freedom House condemns an attack on the writer Jevrem Brković, a columnist for the daily newspaper Vijesti, and calls for authorities in Montenegro to investigate the long series of unsolved cases of physical harassment against journalists there.
Freedom House condemns the recent bomb attack against the independent Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, and urges authorities to thoroughly investigate the attack as well as offer greater protection to the paper and its journalists. The December 26 bombing damaged the paper’s offices but did not injure any staff.