Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM: Protection of journalists’ safety is key for democratic progress in Macedonia, SEEMO states

Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM, 24/08/2017, 13:45

Vienna, 24 August 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) expressed distress for the safety and wellbeing of journalists in the South East Europe region after a recent physical attack on a journalist in Macedonia. 

NovaTV’s journalist Sashka Cvetkovska  was attacked on 23 August while she was reporting from an event. The gathering in question was organized as part of an initiative to assemble signatures and prevent the building of refugee camps.    

SEEMO expressed harsh criticism for the lax approach of authorities in Skopje who fail to protect the safety of journalists. SEEMO welcomes the fast reaction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which identified the attacker and announced criminal charges for violence against the attacker.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.

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