January 3, 2024

03.01.2024 – SEEMO Condemns Attack on TV Klan Reporter by Kosovo Prime Minister’s Security

On Thursday 28 December 2023, a member of the security of Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti obstructed journalist Blerta Dalloshi-Berisha, who works for Televizioni Klan (TV Klan).

The incident involved the security personnel pushing her while she was performing her journalistic duties. A video posted on the official RTV Klan You tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cns6zOa9rTc . The video captures the moment when Dalloshi-Berisha is grabbed and pushed by a member of the prime minister’s security team as she attempts to pose a question to him.

“This is the second time I’ve been attacked and prevented while performing my professional duties,” wrote Blerta Dalloshi-Berisha on her Facebook profile, “however, today’s event surpasses everything else.” “My right arm still hurts,” said Dalloshi-Berisha.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the reprehensible incident involving a member of Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s security team obstructing and physically assaulting journalist Blerta Dalloshi- Berisha from TV Klan. This blatant violation of press freedom is deeply concerning, and SEEMO calls for an immediate and thorough investigation by the authorities to hold those responsible accountable. Such actions undermine the fundamental principles of a free press and democracy. SEEMO urges Prime Minister Kurti to unequivocally denounce this behavior, ensuring the safety and freedom of journalists to carry out their essential work without fear of intimidation or violence. Press freedom is a cornerstone of democratic societies, and incidents like these demand swift and decisive action to protect the rights of journalists in Kosovo and beyond.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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