Croatian journalist to surrender to UN tribunal on contempt charges

[JURIST] Josip Jovic will surrender to the UN tribunal in The Hague Friday to face contempt charges in connection with publishing the name and testimony of a protected witness in 2000. Jovic and colleague Marijan Krizic were each charged with one count of contempt [JURIST report] under International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website, JURIST news archive] rules for revealing the identity of a protected witness. Krizic pleaded not guilty in September [JURIST report]; Jovic was detained a week ago after he refused to surrender. Jovic argues that his disclosures from the Tihomir Blaskic case [ICTY case backgrounder] were in the public interest and that the tribunal doesn't have authority over his writing. A number of organizations, including media watchdogs such as Reporters Without Borders [press release] and rights groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website], have called for their release. AP has more.



 

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