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First name:  Sasa

Last name:  Kolevski

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Cameraman
  • Media outlet:  TV Banja Luka
  • Type of media:  TV
  • Born:  Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Died:  19 Oct 1995 Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: total

Captured on 23 September by Bosnian soldiers after they fired on his vehicle also carrying his assistant and driver, Goran Pejcinovic, and journalist Rade Malesevic, while reporting on Bosnian and Bosnian Serb clashes on the Mount Ozren plain, in the northwest of the country. Bosnian Serb soldiers were taking them near the front line to interview troops. Serbian sources said he and Pejcinovic were sent to prison in Tuzla. The Bosnian Serbs asked for them to be released in exchange for two Turkish journalists arrested in Sarajevo on 7 October. Two weeks later a UN spokesperson in Sarajevo announced they were dead. Pejcinovic’s body was returned but Kolevski’s was not.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - War in Bosnia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb, Croat and Bosniak communities were at war with other between 6 April 1992 and 14 September 1995. Fighting began with the Serb bombing of Sarajevo the day after Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia The Bosnian Serb army eventually seized the main Serb-inhabited towns and areas and conducted "ethnic cleansing." After the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak refugees by Serbian paramilitaries in Srebrenica, NATO forces attacked the Bosnian Serb militias and the Bosniak and Croat forces regained a large amount of territory. The 14 December 1995 Dayton Agreement signed by President Alija Izetbegović (Bosnia), Franjo Tudjman (Croatia) and Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia) ended the war. Bosnia-Herzegovina became a confederation of the Bozniak-Croat Federation (51% of the territory, 70% of the population) and the Bosnian Serb Republic (49% of the territory and 25% of the population).

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - Independence
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia after a referendum in February-March 1992 boycotted by most Bosnian Serbs. Most Serbs wanted to stay in a Yugoslav federation, most Bosniaks favoured independence and the Bosnia Croats wanted to become part of Croatia. Tension increased and war broke out on 6 April when the Serbs bombed Sarajevo.

  • Worked for Serb TV in Banja Luka (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

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