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In Croatia, CPJ shocked by bombing

After learning today that Ivo Pukanic, owner and editorial director, and Niko Franjic, marketing director, of the Zagreb-based political weekly Nacional, were killed when a bomb exploded under Pukanic's car parked outside the paper's building, we issued the following statement...


"We are shocked and saddened by the brutal killing of Ivo Pukanic and Niko Franjic," CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. "Even against the backdrop of violence and organized crime that has recently plagued Croatia this bombing marks a significant escalation. The Croatian authorities must mount a thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice swiftly."

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This must be dealt with as swiftly as possible, or else could Croatia be barred from the hope of joining EU?