On November, 6th Ajdin Kamber, freelancer and Deutsche Welle correspondent tried to gain access to Una-Sana Canton Prime Minister Mustafa Ruznic at the Government building. Kamber wanted to arrange an interview about the migrant crisis in USK with Ruznic directly, since he had not received e-mail response days earlier. A plain clothes police officer requested identification documents from Kamber disputing his journalistic accreditation and eventually informed him that the PM Ruznic “had no time for an interview.” The journalist has duly showed his ID and accreditation as requested.
After ten minutes of persuasion and an attempt to force Kamber out of the Government building, the Prime Minister Ruznic personally took the journalist out, without explanation regarding his refusal for interview.
After reporting about events in a local elementary school, on November 5th, journalist Jelena Stojkovic received horrific threats from a woman claiming to be the mother of a child involved in the incident. “She called me more than twenty times” – Stojkovic told the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia – “When I answered she threatened to kill me, saying that she’ll get me when I take my child to the kindergarten, that I don’t know who am I dealing with, followed by horrific swearing”.
Mejreme Gashi is attacked physically by a person in Karaçeva – Kamenica, while she was conducting a story regarding the activities of some casinos in the mentioned place on November 7, 2019.
After interviewing some citizens, the journalist tried to shot one of the many casinos of the village, but the team of Klan Kosova was resisted by people who here around there.
The Klan Kosova team was conducting a story regarding the operation of several casinos in the mentioned place when people who work in the casino were obstructed by the presence of media, so they verbally attacked the journalists then physically assaulted them. Firstly they sallied and attacked verbally with rude words while swearing and offending me and Rilind with bad words. Then, one of them did hit me in the head by hand. It wasn’t enough, he continued to sally verbally on the Klan Kosova team while other people jointed him and ordered us: “Go go…”, “Don’t record our cars. They were people who were in the casino…” she declared to her medium.
The case is denounced to police and the State Prosecutor is informed. However in the case was involved another journalist, Rilind Matoshi, who was part of the Klan Kosova team.
Casinos have been banned by law in Kosovo since March 2019.
A member family of Imam Sead Bejta from Zhabar — Mitrovica, has threated the team of Klan Kosova Television, while it was recording a story where the imam and a woman S. B. were protagonists.
“If you will publish only a single sequence of this case, one of us you or I will be underground…,” he said on Klan Kosovo team.
It is a threatening life and most dangerous case in Kosovo until now since January 2019. The journalist the member of the team informed AJK that, she did not inform officially the police only to avoid any worst danger and to not allow the tension to increase.
On October 27, 2019, Arsim Rexhepi the owner of a construction company has physically attacked Norë Kelmendi, who is the journalist of the Online Economy.
Kelmendi was realizing a story about an incident in Prishtina, in which case as a result of landslide some cars are damaged. While she was doing her jobs, Mr. Rexhepi impeded her. He has grabbed her by arm and moved forcefully from the workplace. The team of the Online Economy possessed the permit to shoot by the Job Inspectorate.
Kosovo Police intervened and interviewed both Arsim Rexhepi and Norë Kelemdni regarding the incident.
On a Facebook post, Hysen Durmishi a High Officer of Vetevendosjes Movement, seeks to arrest the Director of Klan Kosova – Baton Haxhiu and Chief Editor of online media INSAJDERI – Vehbi Kajtazi. He has accused them of their involvement in the death of Astrit Dehari.
“Astrit is killed. The killers and people who gave the order must be punished. The prosecutor must gingerly today to issue the arrest warrant on Sylë Hoxha, Nexhmi Krasniqi, Dhurata Hoxha, Baton Haxhiu, Vehbi Kajtazi, and many others in order to discover the truth. We will never stop until Astrit’s truth.”
Astrit Dehari was an activist of Vetevendosje Movement, who died on November 5, 2016, in the prison of Prizren City. On Thursday, October 24, 2019, his family received the report of The Health Institute of Lausanne – Switzerland, which concluded that the involving of a third person in his death should not be sending off.
In a video message, recorded and sent by a person named Mirza Gacanin, with a place of residence in the Netherlands, along with vulgar curses and mentions of the journalist’s children, he threatens to journalist Avdo Avdic that they are going to “search for him in the canals”.
The video message was sent after Avdic published several articles about possible drug and money-laundering offenses and Gacanin’s alleged involvement in these illegal acts.
Vice President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) BiH Ruzica Jukic published on October 15, 2019. on her Facebook profile a post titled “When Journalists Do Gestapo Work”. In this post, Jukic stated that Admir Muslimovic, a journalist with the Balkan Investigative Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH), asked her to tell him if she had evidence for her claim that the HJPC could be demolished, and that she felt like she is being examined by the investigator. In the same post, Jukic also stated that she is “the target of constant attack by ‘eligible’ journalists and other ‘experts'” and eventually concluded: “Poor us with such journalists.”
Journalist Admir Muslimovic reported this incident to the Free Media Help Line, stating that he had talked with Ruzica Jukic professionally and appropriately with the usual questions, and that she had made a number of false claims and speculations in her post.
Since this is not the first time that HJPC members have publicly called out and criticized journalists and the media in BiH, the Steering Committee of the BH Journalists Association on October 17, 2019. sent a public letter to the HJPC members for their inappropriate communication with the media, as well as withholding information from journalists about the work of the HJPC.
The family house of KRIK’s journalist Milica Vojinovic was broken into while she and her family were abroad. Her cousin found a ransacked home. Things were taken out of drawers and cabinets and her father’s business documentation is scattered around the room.