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Journalists attacked in Montenegro since 1992

  
Montenegro police officers are seen Podgorica, the capital, on May 9, 2019. Police recently arrested two journalists for alleged criminal incitement. (AFP/Savo Prelevic)

Montenegro reporters Živković and Raičević charged with criminal incitement

Berlin, January 13, 2020 — Montenegrin authorities should immediately drop charges against Dražen Živković and Gojko Raičević and cease pursuing criminal cases against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists and law enforcement are seen in Podgorica, Montenegro, on May 9, 2019. Montenegro authorities recently arrested journalist Anđela Đikanović and charged her with incitement. (AFP/Savo Prelevic)

Montenegro journalist Anđela Đikanović charged with incitement over retracted report

Berlin, January 6, 2020 — Montenegrin authorities should immediately release journalist Anđela Đikanović and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Investigative journalist Jovo Martinović is appealing an 18-month prison sentence in Montenegro. (Family handout)

Montenegro authorities should not contest journalist Jovo Martinović’s appeal

Berlin, September 9, 2019 — A court in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, on September 12 will begin hearing investigative reporter Jovo Martinović’s appeal of his January conviction on charges of drug trafficking and criminal association, for which he was sentenced for 18 months in prison, according to a statement by a group of press freedom…

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Investigative journalist Jovo Martinović is appealing an 18-month prison sentence in Montenegro. (Family handout)

Montenegro jails investigative journalist who reports on organized crime

New York, January 15, 2019–A Montenegro court today convicted investigative journalist Jovo Martinović of drug trafficking and being a member of a criminal group, and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, regional media reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence and called on authorities to not contest the journalist’s appeal.

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The daily Vijesti with a picture of attacked Montenegrin investigative reporter Olivera Lakic on May 9, 2018. (Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic)

Investigative journalist shot, injured in Montenegro

Berlin, May 9, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Montenegrin authorities to guarantee the safety of Olivera Lakić, an investigative journalist with the local daily Vijesti, who was shot outside her apartment building in the capital Podgorica yesterday evening, the regional news website Balkan Insight reported.

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People cross the street decorated with flags in May 2016 as part of the celebrations for Montenegro's Independence Day. A car bomb exploded outside a journalist's home in Montenegro's northern town of Bijelo Polje on April 1, 2018, according to news reports. (Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic)

In Montenegro, car bomb explodes outside journalist’s home

Brussels, April 3, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Montenegrin authorities to ensure the safety of prominent investigative journalist Saed Sadikovic after a car bomb exploded outside his home in the northern town of Bijelo Polje on April 1.

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Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic addresses the parliament during a discussion on NATO membership agreement in Cetinje, Montenegro on April 28. During a telephone conversation on Monday, a man believed to be Markovic's brother threatened a local reporter. (Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic)

Montenegrin journalist threatened

New York, September 13, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Montenegrin authorities to ensure the safety of Vladimir Otasevic, a reporter with the national opposition daily newspaper Dan (Day).

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Independent journalist Jovo Martinović has been freed pending the outcome of his trial in Montenegro. (Family handout)

Journalist Jovo Martinović released in Montenegro pending trial

New York, January 5, 2017–A Montenegro court last night released independent journalist Jovo Martinović, pending the outcome of his trial, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. The court ordered Martinović, who spent more than 14 months in prison on charges of drug smuggling, to check in with police twice a month, and…

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Turkey’s crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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Freelance journalist Jovo Martinović has been in pretrial detention for 11 months. (Martinovic family)

CPJ joins call for Montenegro to free imprisoned journalist Jovo Martinović

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with the Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, today wrote a joint letter to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović protesting the 11-month pretrial detention of freelance journalist Jovo Martinović, who has been accused of participating in a drug trafficking ring–an accusation he has denied and which the prosecution…

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