This posting is an important update by the Committee to protect journalists and the freedom of the press worldwide:
Ny, January 5, 2017–A Montenegro courtroom last night released independent journalist Jovo Martinović , pending the outcome of his test, the journalist told the Panel to Protect Journalists today. The courtroom ordered Martinović, who spent greater than 14 months in prison upon charges of drug smuggling, to check on in with police twice a month, plus confiscated his passport, the reporter said. His next hearing is certainly scheduled for January 19.
“Locking up Jovo Martinović with regard to even a day has been a terrible injustice, ” said Nina Ognianova, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia plan coordinator. “We call on authorities to get rid of all restrictions on the journalist plus drop the charges immediately. inch
Martinović was held on October 22, 2015 to get allegedly facilitating a meeting between medication dealers and buyers, and assisting to install an app on the smartphone of an alleged drug gang head, according to reports. The journalist denied wrongdoing and said his only conversation with his co-accused, who face medication charges, was in the context associated with reporting. CPJ, along with other groups , has recommended for Martinović ‘s release.
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