About 300 Croatian journalists demonstrated on Friday to demand a police crackdown on organised crime after a reporter who exposed corruption was beaten up this week.
Dusan Miljus, of the Jutarnji List daily, was beaten with baseball bats in front of his home on Monday and taken to hospital with concussion, a broken arm and facial injuries. He had uncovered a series of organised crime and corruption cases.
"We demand that the government declare war on organised crime, violence and corruption, now," said Luko Brailo of the journalists' association, which organised the Zagreb rally in front of the government building.
"We want you to make the rats go back from the streets into the sewers," he said to loud applause from the crowd.
The fight against corruption and organised crime, as well as reforms of the judiciary, public administration and economy, top the list of requirements Croatia must meet before joining the EU, possibly in 2011.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2008, 18:27