SEEMO Condemns Bomb Attack on Bulgarian Journalist

Society | October 15, 2011, Saturday // 11:55|  views

The Vienna-based South and East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has ccondemned the attack against Bulgarian journalist Sasho Dikov.

In a press release the organization describes the attack involving an explosive device which was placed underneath Dikov's car and was detonated on October 13, 2011 around 10pm. The car was parked in front of the journalist?s home in Sofia. Dikov was not in the car. According to the police sources, one kilo of explosives was placed next to the front left tire.

While Dikov is widely known in Bulgaria for his sports reporting, he is also a political commentator. Dikov, the program director of the private television channel Kanal 3, has been critical of the Bulgarian government, the letter, sent to the media stresses.

"I urge the Bulgarian police to find the perpetrators and protect journalists," said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. "I wish to remind the authorities that another case must also be solved. On 10 February 2011, an explosive was placed in the basement of the Galerija newspaper offices. We are still waiting to see who was responsible for it. In a democratic country, journalists and media should be able to work without fear."

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