Dejan Anastasijevic target of Lynch Atmosphere
Belgrade, April 15, 2007
The assassination attempt at journalist Dejan
Anastasijevic in the night of April 14 is by far more indicative than
yet another in the series of terrorist attacks against the freedom of
expression. For, this time the target was a brave journalist who has not
only authentically reported the trial of the murders of the allegedly
para-military Scorpions formation, but also taken the stand at the trial
of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague. Dejan Anastasijevic was obviously
another stumbling block in the way of interpreting ex-Yugoslav wars by
predominant matrix, which would not allow any connection between the
crimes committed "in the name of nation" and state institutions.
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
demands the relevant authorities to urgently track down perpetrators and
thoroughly investigate the background of the crime and its orderers.
Otherwise, Serbia will be plunging deeper and deeper in the policy of
crime her ruling elite has never explicitly renounced, and will be
turning less and less legitimate for joining the family of civilized
Deeply concerned with this heinous assault, the
Helsinki Committee reminds that is has been warning domestic public for
long of the atmosphere of lynch against all who think differently and
dare come public with their opinions.