Media union: Media workers often “collateral damage” of political tensions, human life to be a priority

They said that they expected a reaction from the competent institutions and called on their colleagues to be extremely careful when reporting from all political gatherings.

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Situations in which journalists are exposed to dangers when reporting on events that carry a certain security risk should worry both government officials and citizens, according to the Media Union of Montenegro.

They reacted to the attack on “Vijesti” journalist Jelena Jovanović during the reporting from the local elections in Nikšić, ie in front of the premises of the “For the Future of Nikšić” coalition.

“Although the intention of the enraged supporter was to hit the policeman in charge of maintaining public order with a torn wiper, my colleague Jovanović was hit in the head, above the eye. There were no serious injuries by sheer chance. Such situations should worry everyone, both government holders and citizens. The elections in Niksic certainly had a specific weight, but human life and health should be a priority for every sane person, “the union said in a statement.

They believe that this shows that journalists and media workers are “often the” collateral damage “of political tensions and settlements in Montenegro.”

The union said that they expected a reaction from the competent institutions.

“We believe that this should stop immediately, and we certainly call on all colleagues to be extremely careful when reporting from all political gatherings, because it is obvious that they can very easily, neither guilty nor guilty, be victims of irresponsible behavior,” they said.