KOSOVO: SEEMO alarmed at growing number of threats and attacks towards journalists in Kosovo

KOSOVO, KOSOVO, 09/12/2014, 09:45

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was alarmed to learn that Zekirja Shabani, editor of daily Tribuna and chairman of Kosovo Association of Journalists (KAJ) was physically attacked.

Shabani recently announced that he will be suing the newspaper Tribuna for breach of contract and salary debt, after which the owner of the paper, attacked him physically at the workplace and insulted him. The attack was reported to the police.

“SEEMO and its members stand behind Shabani and express their full support for media workers in Kosovo” Secretary General Oliver Vujovic stated. “It is of utter importance that the authorities in Kosovo react immediately to this attack, and punish the perpetrator accordingly. They must set the correct example so that cases like this one do not occur again. Media freedom is fragile, and especially so in Kosovo. Lately there has been a series of threats and attacks that are telling us journalists aren’t safe” he added.

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