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Two armed attacks against foreign journalists

(RSF/IFEX) - On 14 September 1997, Stefan Borg, a journalist with the
privately-owned Swedish television station TV-4, was injured by a group of
armed men. The men attempted to stop the vehicle carrying Borg and his
colleagues from Sarajevo to Pale, and then opened fire. Borg was struck in
the arm and the back. The other passengers were not injured. His assailants
managed to flee. Borg was taken to a hospital in Rajlovac, near the capital.
After being operated on, he was declared to be in "satisfactory" condition.

Elsewhere, on the evening of 18 September, a Danish televisioncrew,
reporting on the Organisation for Security and Cooperationin Europe (OSCE),
was attacked by a group of armed men on the same route as they were
returning from Sarajevo. The men opened fire on the vehicle carrying the
journalists. None of the passengers was hurt, although a bullet did hit the

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • expressing concern over these attacks on foreign journalists
  • calling on them to take all necessary measures to ensure that attacks on
    the route between Sarajevo and Pale cease, and that journalists be protected

    Appeals To

    Carlos Westendorp
    Senior Civilian Representative in Bosnia
    Fax: +387 71 44 74 20

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

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