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Device Explodes Outside Montenegro Journalist's Home


Montenegro - Podgorica, ilustrative photo: daily "Vijesti", newspaper, 21Dec2012

Montenegro - Podgorica, ilustrative photo: daily "Vijesti", newspaper, 21Dec2012

An explosive device was detonated in Montenegro last Sunday that appeared to target investigative journalist Tufik Softic, a contributor to RFE/RL's Balkans service.

The blast occurred on Sunday, August 11, near Softic's house in the town of Berane while he was inside with his family, the Guardian reports. He is the local correspondent for the daily newspaper, Vijesti.

No serious injuries were reported.

In November 2007, Softic was brutally beaten after he reported on criminal gangs active in northern Montenegro. No one was ever arrested over the assault.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemned the attack and expressed concern about recurrent threats against Vijesti journalists.

SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said, “I urge the authorities in Montenegro to do everything in their power to find the perpetrators in the case of Softic and in all past cases that remain unsolved, and to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.”

Softic is a regular contributor to RFE/RL's Balkans service.
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