June 9, 1999 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonpartisan organization devoted to safeguarding press freedom around the world, has confirmed the following new developments in the cases of three independent journalists targeted by the Yugoslav military for practicing their profession.
Croatian journalist escapes Yugoslav military incarceration
Montenegrin publisher faces military trial for "treason"
Miodrag Perovic, publisher of the independent Montenegrin weekly Monitor, is scheduled to appear before a Yugoslav military tribunal in Podgorica on June 10.
Perovic is charged with treason under Yugoslavia's martial law for his editorials, in which he called for greater Montenegrin autonomy. He fled to Italy last month after Yugoslav authorities ordered his arrest. Perovic returned to Montenegro on June 5 after military officials agreed not to arrest him upon his return and gave assurances that he would be treated fairly by the tribunal. If he is convicted, Perovic faces up to 10 years' imprisonment.
Accused Montenegrin broadcaster seeks asylum in Italy
Nebojsa Redzic, chief editor at the independent Radio Free Montenegro, has requested political asylum in Italy. Redzic left Montenegro last month after Yugoslav army officials issued a warrant for his arrest. He was charged under martial law with illegally revealing army positions in wartime during his broadcasts.
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