On 16th June 2009, Danijel Đurđević—alongside his mother Katica Đurđević—were brutally beaten. They alleged that the attack had been carried out by Croatian police.
In its judgment, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the state had failed in its duty to carry out an investigation into allegations of ill-treatment by state officials. The state attorney general had lacked both transparency and independence.
The allegation of police ill-treatment has still never been properly investigated - along with three other similar cases, where violations were found by the European Court.
At a press conference in May 1996, Constantin Bucur publicly revealed allegations that the Romania authorities had been illicitly intercepting the phone calls of journalists, politicians and members of civil society. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. After the European Court of Human Rights ruled in his favour and found a lack of protections against unjustified government surveillance, citizens still wait for effective reforms.