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Albania 19 December 2005

Bomb attack on country’s biggest independent daily paper

Reporters Without Borders expressed shock today at a bomb attack last night on the offices of Albania’s main independent daily, Shekulli (The Century), and urged police to find those responsible for what it called a “serious” attempt to intimidate journalists.

The bomb, containing 220 grammes of explosive, was thrown into the main editorial room, reportedly by two strangers, and broke several windows. Police immediately began an investigation. The paper’s staff, who said they feared for their safety, declined to speculate about a motive for the attack in a country where the media has never been targeted by violence.

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