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.
The MP of Kosovo, Valon Berisha has publicly pressured the journalist of Kosovo Radio Denis Galushi by writing a post in his personal Facebook account.
He accused Denis Galushi as a person who stirs up splitting among Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities through his editorials.
“Based on his publication, date 18. 10. 2019, under the title: “Article “Roma + Ashkali + Egyptian = ROMA” we concluded he did a criminal act, which stirs up splitting and intolerance through denial the Egyptian and Ashkali communities. We consider that is against the constitution, laws and specifically abuse the article 141 of Kosovo Criminal Code”, posted Berisha in his Facebook account.
The MP Berisha told that he has submitted the criminal report to the Basic Prosecutor of Prishtina. Denis Galushi sought the legal assistance of the AJK through applying the mechanism of Memorandum of Understanding with the Kosovo Association Bar. The AJK is overviewing the case and will support Denis Galushi in his journalism job.
In the shopping mall Delta City Otasevic was trying to photograph businessman Zoran Becirovic in the company of Senior State Prosecutor Milos Soskic, when he was attacked by bodyguard of Becirovic – he punched him, threatened and insulted him. The journalist claims that the prosecutor had been calmly watching the attack on him. Few days before the incident in the Delta, Becirovic was arrested by order of the Special State Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of threatening one of the expert witnesses and charged with committing a criminal offense – obstruction of proof. It turned out that the bodyguard, Mladen Mijatovic, is a member of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs and they did not have the Ministry’s license for this engagement.
The Basic State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica has rejected the criminal charges because Mijatovic’s actions “do not contain the essential elements of the crime, nor any other criminal offense prosecuted ex officio”.
On the night between 4th and 5th December, journalist Ljiljana Stanisic was attacked by three people in front of a restaurant in Vracar, they were hitting, kicking and take her phone because people who were sitting at the next table at the restaurant thinking that she recorded them. According to a journalist at a press conference organized on this occasion, people from the restaurant followed her after she leaved the restaurant, and when she noticed this, they openly threatened her and attacked her, even she tried to explain that she had not recorded anything. According to her, they told her: “We will slaughter your children.”
According to the Vecernje Novosti newspaper in Ratari near Obrenovac, several men attacked a team of this newspaper, driver, photo-reporter and journalist reporting from the funeral of a girl who died two days earlier in a car accident. According to this newspaper, the men draging the photo-reporter, but he managed to escape into the car, then they hiting on doors, windows, hoods and were shaking the car.
Threat of unknown perpetrator and intimidation by Zoran Azmanov