Reaction to the Attack of the Hungarian Police on the Crew of the Serbian Radio Television - RTS
The Press Council in BiH and the Association of BH Journalists harshly condemn the brutal attack by the Hungarian Police against the crew of the Serbian Radio Television - RTS, including Journalist Jovana Djurovic, Cameraman Vladan Hadzi Mijailovic and Sound Mixer Miroslav Djurasinovic, while they were conducting their professional task of covering the refugee crises on the border between Serbia and Hungary.
Whilst ignoring the fact that the crew had visible press identification, the Hungarian police have attacked them, beating them with nightsticks and breaking their equipment.
Through this savage act of violence against professional journalists, the Hungarian police have violated international conventions, human rights and the freedom of coverage, and they must be held accountable for their deeds.
Journalism coverage of such important events is of the global public interest, and nobody has the right to deprive them of their right to freedom of information, and even less to stop them in their work by use of physical violence.
The Press Council in BiH and the Association of BH Journalists call upon the responsible authorities to react, and insist on identifying and prosecuting the police officers who have beaten the journalists and destroyed their equipment, with a conscious intent of preventing them from covering the unfortunate events occurring on the Horgos border crossing.
Board of Directors of the Press Council in BiH
Board of Directors of the Association BH Journalists
The press clipping of news releases regarding the reaction can be read here.
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