VIENNA, 23 August 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was alarmed by an attack targeting the public broadcaster Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) yesterday in Pristina.
On 22 August, a hand grenade was thrown into the yard of RTK, where both the main building and transmission antennas for the broadcaster are located. Several journalists were working in the building at the time of the attack, but none suffered any injuries. The perpetrators are currently not known, and an investigation is said to be underway.
‘SEEMO calls on the police and other institutions in Kosovo to react and follow up on this case with a transparent and swift investigation. Attackers behind this crime must be found and brought to justice, in order to show that authorities in Kosovo are committed to protection of journalists and their rights’, said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic.
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.