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H.E. Stipe Mesic
President of Croatia
Fax: + 385 1 45 65 15 9 / 45 65 240

H.E. Ivica Racan
Prime Minister of  Croatia
Fax: +385 1 6303 019

H.E. Sime Lucin
Minister of Internal Affairs of Croatia
Fax: +385 1 6122 452

Vienna, 4 March 2003

Your Excellency,

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of
editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and
an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned
about the attack on Ninoslav Pavic, co-owner and president of the Managing
Board of Europapress Holding (EPH), the biggest independent newspaper
publisher in Croatia.

According to information before SEEMO, a bomb underneath Pavic's car
exploded in front of his house in Zagreb at 4 a.m. (local time) on 1 March
2003. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the attack.

SEEMO believes that the aim of the attack was to intimidate and silence
journalists working for EPH, especially journalists for the weekly Globus
and daily Jutarnji list, who have published numerous articles about
organised crime and corruption in Croatia. In the past, journalists for
Globus and Jutarnji list, as well as other media in Croatia, have been
harassed, intimidated and threatened because of their investigative
reporting. During recent months, the number of these threats has increased
significantly. The bomb that exploded under the car of Pavic is the
culmination of these events, and the authorities have done little to
investigate these cases.

SEEMO strongly condemns the attack on Pavic, as well as the other cases of
intimidation against journalists in Croatia, and calls upon the authorities
to carry out an immediate and thorough investigation and to bring to justice
those responsible. Furthermore, we ask you to do everything in your power to
ensure that journalists working in Croatia are able to safely carry out
their profession.

We thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Vujovic
SEEMO Secretary General

SEEMO - IPI,  Spiegelgasse 2/29,  1010 Vienna,  Austria,
Tel (SEEMO+HELP LINE): +43 1 513 39 40, Tel (IPI): +43 1 512 90 11, Fax: +43
1 512 90 15,

SEEMO is a regional network of editors, media executives and leading
journalists in South East Europe. SEEMO Secretary General: Oliver Vujovic.
SEEMO Board: Radomir Licina - President, Samra Luckin, Stjepan Malovic,
Risto Popovski, Mircea Toma, Remzi Lani and Ognian Zlatev. SEEMO
Coordinators: Albania - Frrok Cupi, Bosnia Herzegovina - Zoran Udovicic,
Bulgaria - Maria Yaneva, Croatia - Danko Plevnik, Greece - Georgios
Papadakis, Republic of Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) -
Risto Popovski,  Moldova - Angela Sirbu, Romania - Dan Preda, Serbia - Veran
Matic, Montenegro - Zeljko Ivanovic, Kosovo - Haqif Mulliqi. Observers:
Cyprus, Hungary and Slovenia. SEEMO Corporate Members: Alternative
Information Network - AIM, ACCESS - Media Association (Sofia), Association
of Independent Electronic Media - ANEM (Belgrade), Albanian Media Institute
(Tirana), Bosnia and Herzegovina's Radio Network - Boram (Sarajevo), (Belgrade), Bulgarian Investigative Journalists' Association -
IJA (Sofia), RTV B 92 (Belgrade), Beta News Agency (Belgrade), Contact radio
Romania (Bucharest), Danas (Belgrade), Dnevnik (Skopje), Ekonomist magazin
(Belgrade), FoNet News Agency (Belgrade), Radio Television Kosova - RTK
(Pristina), Contact Network, Media Development Center - MDC (Sofia), Media
Plan Institute (Sarajevo), Media Center (Belgrade), Academia Catavencu
(Bucharest), Macedonian Media Center (Skopje), ONASA News             Agency
(Sarajevo), Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation (Bucharest), Makfax News
Agency (Skopje), International Center for Education of Journalists -  ICEJ
(Opatija), Csaladi Kör (Novi Sad),  Macedonian Institute for Media
(Skopje),  Media Centar  (Sarajevo), International Journalism Center of
Moldova - IJC (Chisinau)

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