Photojournalist of Faktor.ba portal Muhidin Zivojevic was verbally attacked by an unknown man while standing in a public parking lot and photographing the arrival of a Sarajevo Canton Assembly MP’s in session.
The man approached to Zivojevic and with curses, threats and nudges demanded that he stop filming. The attacker introduced himself as a person from the “Canton Government” although he did not have any accreditation, he unsuccessfully tried to provoke the reaction of the nearby police, eventually returning to Zivojevic and telling him that he would “remember” him.
The personal driver of Serbian List Party Chairman Slavko Simic has prevented the arbresh.info portal team from carrying out his task.
According to reports by arbresh.info, Simic visited a secondary school and later the so-called parallel municipality of Prilluzha. The arbresh.info team was banned to be present to report about the meetings, while Serbian media were allowed to be present.
Moreover, as reported by arbresh.info journalist Elmedina Ballazhi, after her attempt to enter the second meeting, she was attacked by Simic’s personnel, striking her with the elbow in the chest and closing the door for her and the cameraman.
The case has not been reported to the Kosovo Police.
Kajtaz Gecaj, the correspondent of ZËRI Newspaper, was threatened by the Head of the Directorate of Culture in Skenderaj, Ramiz Shala
The threat came as a result of the article “This year the municipality of Skenderaj paid four portals, none local” written by Gecaj.
“A few moments ago, Ramiz Shala, The Head of Culture Directorate threatened to attack me physically if I mention his name in the newspaper once again, even though his colleague, Kastriot Gashi, mentioned it.” – wrote Gecaj on his social account on Facebook.
The case was reported to the Kosovo Police, which at present is on the investigation phase.
“The police have taken immediate action, while today at noon, the official from the municipality went to the police station at Skenderaj and there he was interviewed. Following the interview, the State Prosecutor was notified, who instructed that the case remain for information and that investigative actions would be taken continuously to determine if any penal act existed.” – was said in the Kosovo Police response addressed to AJK.
After the deportation of KRIK editor Stevan Dojčinovic from the United Arab Emirates, although the reasons for the deportation remain unknown, some tabloids made certain claims. Tabloid Informer incorrectly claimed that “he was labeled by the UAE authorities as a man who is a threat for a national security”, and tabloid Alo alleged that he was a controversial journalist who “obviously many countries do not want on their territory”. Also, MP of Serbian Progressive Party Vladimir Djukanovic made a statement to Informer that it would not be bad to determine “whether Dojcinovic is a journalist or agent working for certain interest groups.”
NIN weekly appeared on stands with an almost blank cover page which drew an avalanche of criticism after announced on social networks on Wednesday because it showed an old photo of Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic at arms fair with a sniper barrel pointing at him. Ringier Axel Springer, NIN publisher, said in a statement that the cover page is especially sensitive because Serbia is a country where Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was assassinated by a sniper in March 2003 and taht the the content of the ‘Arms affair: Who is destroying Krusik’ story remains untouched. After that, in print and electronic tabloids started attacks on NIN editors and journalists, such as accusations that opposition politicians paid them to publish cover and texts on the sale of weapons from Krusik, and also MPs of Serbian Progressive Party and Prime Minister on TV Pink continued to targeting NIN and its journalists, pointing out that the NIN cover is an attempt on assassinate the president.
After the campaign in pro-government tabloid and relating the Tv N1 reporter’s questions and the health of the President of Serbia by the editor of Informer, N1 newsroom received several emails in which they are called traitors and in one of the e-mail they received the threat with the following content: “You are sold souls, domestic traitors who would be publicly hanged on Terazija Sq. and cleansed so there can be peace in Seriba. N1 propagates violence, calls for violence, rape of women and someone’s daughters… and that’s TV you scoundrels, gang of shit”.
Journalist Stefan Janjic received threats via Facebook, and the same person wrote him that knows his home address, where he going and where he working. At the same time, that person said that “when it gets dark” he should “expect visit”.
While the court session was happening, the observer and journalist of “Oath of the Justice” were insulted and offended by M.Z.
During a court session, M. Z. insulted and offended the journalists and observers of Kosovo Justice Institute IKD, because they published a story which showed him watching box match while the process was going on.
Based on the information of IKD leaders given to the Association of Journalists of Kosovo – AJK as a consequence of the news published, one of the suspected people M.Z started to insulting and offend all of them who monitored the session including IKD observer. According to them, this action was an abuse of court procedures, which are set by article 301 of the Criminal Procedure Code. IKD considers that concessions were also made by the judge Vesel Ismaili, who did not order the based on his competencies.
IKD required officially by AJK to react and support them in protecting its job and activities on monitoring the courts and other justice institutions.