Montenegrin reporter investigating cigarette smuggling shot

Ruben Fields
May 9, 2018

A Montenegrin reporter known for investigating corruption in business and government has been shot and wounded in front of her home in Podgorica, police say.

Olivera Lakic, a journalist for the Montenegrin Vijesti daily, was wounded in a leg Tuesday outside her home in the capital, Podgorica.

The threats to Lakic started in 2011 and in 2012 she was beaten in front of her home, Vijesti said.

"I am speechless", Jovović said in comments published on the Vijesti website.

Lakic, 49, was attacked six years ago, when she was punched in the head multiple times.

The U.S. embassy in Podgorica said it followed "with concern the attack".

On Wednesday, media associations and the media's self-regulation body urged the authorities to do more. Several journalists gathered last night in front of the hospital to express solidarity.

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On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti drove straight to Srinagar Hospital and met the victim's father and condoled the death.

"The attack on journalist Olivera Lakic is very worrying".

The CoE's Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland said he was "shocked and saddened" at the attack on Lakic.

"The work of journalists and free media are essential to the functioning of any democracy". After that, his friends and relatives were convicted for giving false evidence, because they claimed they all played football the evening the journalist was attacked. "Unfortunately, such attacks are on the rise", he warned. "This is a key concern for the Council of Europe and we must do all we can to stop this unsafe trend", he said.

Johannes Hahn, the EU's commissioner for regional policy and enlargement, also condemned the attack, saying: "All politicians and authorities of the country have the responsibility to protect the life and integrity of journalists and guarantee press freedom".

Damjanovic said the police would "do its best to uncover the perpetrators and bring them to justice".

Journalists frequently complain of violent intimidation in the Balkan country. Last month, a vehicle bomb exploded outside the home of another prominent journalist in the country's north. It is unknown whether he was the target.

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