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Beating Hospitalizes Serbian Journalist

Teofil Pancic has been a fixture on the Serbian political column scene since 1999.
Teofil Pancic, a journalist for the independent weekly "Vreme" and an RFE/RL columnist, was attacked by unknown assailants who beat him with a metal bar on a Belgrade bus late on July 24, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.

He was diagnosed with concussion and arm injuries.

Pancic, who was recovering following the assault, told RFE/RL that he suspects the two men were following him before the beating aboard a packed bus.

He is widely known for his uncompromising stance against runaway nationalism and sports hooliganism.

"I didn't understand what they were saying [during the attack], but it's obvious that this was a targeted attack," Pancic said. "This was no mistake, no robbery, but a personally targeted attack."

The police said they were looking for the assailants, who fled the scene after leaving the metal bar at a bus stop.

Pancic, 45, has been a regular fixture on the Serbian scene as a political columnist since 1999. Aside from his work for RFE/RL and "Vreme," Pancic has written for a number of newspaper and other publications in the Balkans and elsewhere.