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TV Crew Attacked In Bosnia's Serb Republic


Television journalist Slobodan Vaskovic

Television journalist Slobodan Vaskovic

A TV crew was attacked in Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) while trying to film a Serbian Orthodox Church in the southeastern town of Trebinje, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reports.

Two men assaulted the TV crew led by Slobodan Vaskovic, an investigative journalist working for the political show "60 Minutes" on state-run TV.

The crew fled from the attackers, seeking shelter at the office of a local NGO.

Police escorted them out of the town, but Vaskovic reported later that a car followed them and someone smashed their window with stones.

The Serbian Orthodox Church condemned the journalists for "their inappropriate behavior that upset believers in the church."

The Helsinki Committee for Bosnia-Herzegovina president, Srdjan Dizdarevic, told RFE/RL that most attacks against journalists in the country are ordered by politicians or religious leaders.

Vaskovic said he had received death threats before he went to Trebinje, but pledged to continue his journalistic activities despite the threats.

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