Numerous unsolved murders of journalists in ex-Yugoslavia


Numerous unsolved murders of journalists in ex-Yugoslavia

BELGRADE -- The Association of Journalists of Serbia has warned that numerous killings of journalists in the past two decades in former Yugoslavia still remain unsolved.

According to UNS records, as many as 37 journalists and media professionals engaged by the Serbian media were killed, kidnapped, went missing or lost their lives under questionable circumstances between late 1991 and 2001.

Six journalists were killed or went missing in Kosovo and Metohija alone, before, during and after the armed conflicts from 1989 to 2000, but the persons responsible were neither identified nor brought to justice in any of those cases.

Participants of the panel discussion “Journalist Murders 1991-2001 - War Crime or Professional Hazard", organized by UNS on Thursday also drew attention to other unsolved murders that received less media coverage.

Such was the case of the Serbian news desk reporter of Radio Kosovo Marjan Melonasi, who went missing in downtown Priština on September 9, 2000 after the armed conflicts, and the Večernje Novosti reporter Milan Žegarac, who was killed on October 7, 1991 in Vukovar, during the war in Croatia.

The unsolved crimes against journalists also include the murders of a Russian news crew in Croatia in the fall of 1991, and four members of the RTS crew on the Petrinja-Glina road in October of the same year, who were presumably attacked by Croatian military or paramilitary forces.

Dragana Bjelica of UNS noted that after that crime, Croatian weekly Slobodni Tjednik stated in an article that “spies should be shot down without a warning”.

"Unfortunately, a military, police, or a prosecutorial...

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