MARCH 1, 2003
Nino Pavic, Europapress Holding (EPH)
Pavic, an influential independent newspaper publisher, and his family were sleeping in their home in the affluent Zagreb suburb of Tuskanac when a bomb placed under their Mercedes SUV—parked down the street—exploded at around 4 a.m., according to local and international press reports. The car was destroyed.
The 50-year-old Pavic—along with Germany's powerful Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung media group—is the co-owner of Europapress Holding (EPH), Croatia's largest newspaper publisher.
A number of journalists at EPH's popular weekly Globus were threatened after a series of articles about the criminal activities of several mafia groups were published in the paper in the months preceding the bombing. The police have initiated a criminal investigation into the attack and are also examining the threats made against the Globus journalists.