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RSF’s Croatia correspondent brutally attacked in his home

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more to go further November 23, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en CroatiaEurope – Central Asia CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a brutal assault on leading freelance investigative journalist Zeljko Peratovic two days ago and calls on the Croatian authorities to provide him with protection.Peratovic, who is RSF’s Croatia correspondent, was attacked at his home in the central city of Karlovac on the evening of 28 May. Three men, who had stopped their car outside his home, insulted him as he arrived and then followed him inside, where they hit him repeatedly before finally leaving.After a brief hospitalization, Peratovic returned home and is helping the police with their investigation. Three suspects have been arrested but the authorities have not as yet condemned the attack.“We firmly condemn this violent attack on our Croatia correspondent, Zeljko Peratovic, inside his very home, and we call on the Croatian authorities to give a response that is appropriate to the gravity of what took place,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We urge them to publicly condemn this attack, which must not be tolerated, and we remind them that they have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists throughout Croatia.” Peratovic thinks the attack could be directly linked to a series of articles he has written about a corruption case dating back to 2010, in which Karlovac’s mayor is reportedly implicated.He also thinks it might be linked to his coverage of the ongoing trial in Munich of Josip Perkovic, a onetime senior official in the Yugoslav security services, who is accused of involvement in the murder of a Yugoslav émigré in West Germany in 1983.When Peratovic received death threats a few years ago, the authorities responded by opening an investigation and then shelving it. Various judicial proceedings began being brought against him in 2009 including charges of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and (“revealing information liable to disturb public order.” He was acquitted in 2011.->xxx->http://en.rsf.org/croatia-court-clears-journalist-in-case-01-02-2011,394…)Overall, media freedom has improved in Croatia in recent years but Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to see threats against journalists go completely unpunished.Sasa Lekovic, the head of the Association of Croatian Journalists, has often been the target of insults by ultra-nationalists and yesterday he received a letter threatening him with death. After an effigy of journalist Ante Tomic was publicly burned in a town square in February, Tomic filed a complaint but the police took no action and no one was arrested.Croatia is ranked 58th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Croatia Organisation Help by sharing this information News May 30, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF’s Croatia correspondent brutally attacked in his home Receive email alertslast_img read more

Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000

first_imgTHE Upper Ross suburb of Rasmussen is offering buyers huge value for money with a tidy three-bedroom home recently selling for under $200,000.Craig Pearce from Ray White Kirwan sold 14 Amber Ave for $185,000 on July 13 to an investor impressed with the property’s expected gross yield of 7.5 per cent.Median house prices in Rasmussen have decreased 23.4 per cent in 12 months to $295,000, well below the Townsville average of $340,000 according to the latest CoreLogic figures.Houses are staying on the market for an average of 82 days and 97 houses have sold in the last 12 months.The suburb has a high stock of family-friendly homes and represents a huge opportunity for first home buyers wanting to get on the property ladder or the savvy investor looking for rental return.Mr Pearce said 14 Amber Ave was originally listed for $215,000 before the asking price was dropped to $199,000 which resulted in a huge increase in interest.“The owner has done some painting and put in some new airconditioners so it was well presented,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Anything under $200,000 attracts first home buyers and investors looking for a good return on their money.“Once it went down under $200,000 we had people coming through the door that tended to be young people looking for a first home, older people looking for an investment and single parent families.” The home is on a 604sq m block and features three bedrooms, separate family room, one bathroom and carport.A large undercover patio leads out to the back yard while there is also a garden shed and solar hot water system. Mr Pearce said property presentation was just as important for affordable properties as it was for luxury homes.“It comes down to the size of the home and the presentation,” he said.“If a home is represented well, is clean and tidy, really well maintained and listed for under $200,000 then it’s going to attract quite a lot of attention.”last_img read more