Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM, 23/05/2015
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was alarmed to learn about the beating of Sase Ivanovski, journalist and owner of internet portal Maktel, in Skopje on 22 May.
Ivanovski was hospitalized after two masked individuals assaulted him in front of his home that evening. He tried to protect himself, but was seriously injured.
“Attacks on journalists and media workers are a clear signal that the state of democracy and free speech is deteriorating faster than ever. We expect the authorities to react quickly and find the attackers as soon as possible. This is necessary in order to send the message that freedom of speech and the media are still being protected in the country”, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic stated.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.