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Suspects Arrested in Attack on Serbian Journalist

Teofil Pančić

Serbian police say two suspects have been arrested in an attack last month on a journalist in the Serbian capital.

Belgrade Police Chief Milorad Veljovic said the two men are suspected of following magazine columnist Teofil Pancic onto a Belgrade bus and beating him with a metal bar July 24.

The suspects, both in their 20s, were set to be questioned by an investigative judge Tuesday.

Pancic, a writer for the newsweekly Vreme, suffered head and arm injures. He told a fellow Serbian reporter he believes the only motive for the attack could be his journalism.

Pancic is known for his sharp criticism of Serbian nationalism and extremism.

President Boris Tadic has promised the case will be investigated properly. He said the government is working to create an environment where journalists can work without fear of physical attacks.

There have been several attacks on Serbian journalists in recent years.

The media monitoring group Committee to Protect Journalists wrote Mr. Tadic in 2008 asking that his administration take more action to protect Serbian broadcaster B92, after attacks on several of their journalists.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.