The Moldovan authorities ought to investigate without delay into the attack on a camera operator of the Moldovan oppositional news agency Omega, believes the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic.
The OSCE diplomat expressed her concern over a recent attack on Vladimir Vivici, an Omega camera operator, and stressed that such kind of attacks may have a chilling effect on the media.
“It is of vital importance to swiftly investigate this crime, unveil its purpose and punish the assailants,” Mijatovic said. “Moldova’s authorities have to demonstrate their adherence to the media freedom commitments they have undertaken in the OSCE, and fight resolutely against any manifestation of violence and threats against journalists”.
On May 5 evening, Vivici was attacked by four men in Chisinau. He was just walking along a street, when a Skoda Fabia car stopped near him. Four unknown men got out of it, forced Vivici to the ground, and started bashing him up brutally on his head and stomach.
He suffered multiple head and internal injuries and is now in a hospital.
The assailants did not seem to be thieves, for they did not take away anything from their victim – neither his wallet nor wristwatch.
The Omega administration perceived the incident as a new act of intimidation of the mass media oppositional to the governing Alliance for European Integration.