“BN TV journalist Vladimir Kovacevic was severely beaten, Sunday night, in the city of Banjaluka, when two men with hoods over their heads started beating Kovacevic with expandable batons. After the attack, Kovacevic was admitted to hospital where they treated his injuries.

‘BN TV’s editorial board condemns this attack and demands that the Republika Srpska entity Interior Ministry (MoI) finds the suspects of this heinous attack. We would also like to recall that there were constant attacks from certain political circles against out journalists,’ Bijeljina based BN TV’s editorial board said.” (N1)

“Following the attack on BN TV’s journalist Vladimir Kovacevic in Banjaluka, the Republika Srpska entity government, RS Parliament Speaker and Bosnia’s Head of Council of Ministers condemned the attack, calling it an attack on democracy.

The government of this Serb-dominated, semi-autonomous entity condemned the assault on BN TV’s Vladimir Kovacevic, saying that freedom of the press is one of the key pillars of democracy and democratic societies.

‘Therefore we consider the Sunday attack and threat to the journalist’s personal safety an attack on the freedom of thought and belief as well as freedom of expression of opinion which are guaranteed by the Constitution of the RS. We expect the competent institutions to solve this case as soon as possible,’ the RS Government said.” (N1)