The Safejournalist network has condemned the attack on N1’s Aleksandra Tolj-Ruzic during her reporting on the protest against the enthronement of the Metropolitan bishop of Montenegro Joanikije in Cetinje Sunday morning, demanding that the police bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Safejournalists Network condemns the attack on the N1 television crew, and demands from the police to find and detain those who attacked them today,” the Network said.
N1 reporter Aleksandra Tolj Ruzic did a live broadcast to show the chaotic situation on the streets of Cetinje, the Safejournalists Network said adding that the police constantly threw tear gas to disperse the protesters. Groups of citizens dispersed in the streets, attacked the television team for recording and threw stones at them, the Network noted.
“Our network has already warned that during the enthronement in Cetinje, there will be a possibility that journalists who report will be endangered. Unfortunately, everything indicates that tensions will not just subside, but our network appeals to government officials and the police to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and bloodshed,” they said.
The Network requested that the police protect journalists during the protest and prevent new incidents.
“We will inform all the relevant national and international stakeholders about this case. Each attack on journalists is an attack on public interest, democracy and rights of all citizens,” the Safejournalists Network concluded in their statement.
Belgrade – Podgorica – Pristina – Sarajevo – Skopje – Zagreb, 05.09.2021.
Association of Journalists of Macedonia
Association of Journalists of Kosovo
BH Journalists Association
Croatian Journalists’ Association
Independent Journalists Association of Serbia
Trade Union of Media of Montenegro