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Montenegrin journalist shot and wounded in Podgorica

(B2) Vijesti journalist Olivera Lakić was shot and injured at her home on Tuesday (8 May) in Podgorica. An attack which once again targets (as in Malta or Slovakia), journalists investigating organized crime.

An ambush

A man shot him in the right leg, while two other men ran away, according to the editor-in-chief of Vijesti. She was taken to hospital and remains in stable condition. An attack condemned by the European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ / FIJ) which supports the Union of Journalists of Montenegro (SMCG).

An investigative journalist on mafias

Olivera Lakić works as an investigative journalist for the daily Vijesti. She is known for her investigations into crime and corruption in Montenegro. According to media reports, she has written about alleged illegal businesses linked to top state officials and their families, as well as Montenegro's long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been accused of corruption and crime.

A certain impunity in the air in Montenegro

This brutal attack is the second of its kind. Six years ago, Lakić was punched in the head several times after writing about allegations of illegal transactions involving a tobacco factory. The perpetrator was sentenced to prison and Olivera Lakić was under police protection for some time. But according to the Union of Journalists of Montenegro, Montenegrin authorities failed to investigate who ordered the threats and attacks against her, nor did they follow up on Lakić's allegations regarding cigarette smuggling.

(NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).