MONTENEGRO: Editor attacked outside home

October 24, 2006
Posted December 27, 2006

Jevrem Brkovic, Crnogorski Knjizevni List

Brkovic, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper Crnogorski Knjizevni List (Montenegrin Literary Journal), was attacked by three masked men outside his home in the capital Podgorica. The attackers fatally shot the editor’s driver Srdjan Vojicic, according to the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN.

Brkovic, 73, was hit over the head with an iron bar and received severe injuries. The motive for the attack was unknown but Brkovic believed that the attackers were people who thought that they were models for characters in his most recent novel about the Montenegrin criminal world called Duklja Lover, the Writers in Prison Committee reported.

Since the attack, Brkovic told CPJ he feared he would be attacked again. He now leaves home only to go to the hospital for treatment. Local police opened an investigation but no suspects have been arrested.