The car of the well-known Kosovar journalist Shkumbin Kajtazi was the target of several firearms last night in the city of Mitrovica.

Kajtazi announced this through a post on Facebook, where he stated that he reported the case to the police and according to him, the attack is related to his work and has no other motives.

“Last night I faced a dangerous attack: my car was shot with 5 or 6 bullets. The event happened around midnight, where the car was parked in the center of Mitrovica “, wrote he among others.

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo, through a press release has strongly condemned the attack with firearms in the direction of the journalist’s car, Shkumbin Kajtazi. For AJK, the firearm attack on the car of journalist Kajtazi is extremely concerning and they don’t only harm the environment journalists work in, but threaten the lives of each journalist.

AJK calls on the competent authorities to deal with this case as soon as possible so that the intimidators are brought to justice.

On October 14, while preparing for a live broadcast in Zagreb, TV N1 journalist Matea Dominikovic, cameraman Ivan Teskera and Professor Alemka Markotic, Director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, were verbally attacked for not wearing protective masks. While the conditions of filming were in compliance with the existing health measures introduced by the Croatian government, the couple – described by Dominkovic as “visibly drunk” –  shouted threats and severe insults. At one point they instructed their Doberman dog to “sit and wait for the attack”. The unknown couple left after Ivan Teskera tried to calm the situation and Prof Markotic said she would call the police.

The journalists of the Gazeta Express were threatened with their life on Saturday evening by Naser Gashi, known on the public as Naser Qeli.

According to the Gazeta Express, Gashi broke the door of the editorial office on Saturday evening and threatened the journalists because of an article about his ex-wife that was published by the portal.

Association of Journalists of Kosovo, through a press release has strongly condemned the threat of the journalists of Gazeta Express. For AJK, forcibly entering the newsroom and threatening to kill journalists are unprecedented actions that must be taken very seriously and receive the punishment they deserve.

On Monday, October 5, 2020, in the afternoon, an incident occured in a restaurant in Zagreb. Former parliament representative, Zeljko Glasnovic, verbally attacked journalist Drago Pilsel. Pilsel says that Glasnovic approached his table, but that the journalist recognized him after he put on his glasses. Glasnovic waved with arms and Pilsel thought he would hit him, got scared and backed away. Pilsel says Glasnovic insulted, cursed him and say he was “the same as those who killed half a million Croats”. The waiter of the restaurant approached the table and asked Glasnovic to go to his table. When he finished insulting, Glasnovic went to his table and then left the restaurant. Pilsel posted the following on Facebook after the conflict: “I was just attacked, in a public place, by General Zeljko Glasnovic. I am waiting for the police to arrive.” Pilsel doesn’t know what provoked Glasnovic to this attack.

Police officers from Banja Luka identified and arrested a man with the initials I.G. on suspicion of harassing two journalists of Radio-Television of Republika Srpska (RTRS) for a long time, sending them messages with disturbing content.

On September 8, two RTRS journalists reported to the police station that an unknown person had been constantly sending them messages of disturbing content since 2018, which caused them to feel fear and anxiety, the Banja Luka Police Department said.

I. G. was arrested on September 9, and the prosecutor of the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Banja Luka stated that the arrest was made for criminal offense of harassing. Against I.G. a report will be submitted in the regular procedure.

T.J. (45) from Mojkovac was arrested on suspicion of committing the criminal offense of endangering safety to the detriment of employees of the editorial office and the “Vijesti” portal.

According to the Police Directorate, the prosecutor ordered his detention for up to 72 hours.

On Friday, September 4, he harassed, threatened and insulted the employees of the “Vijesti” editorial office in several phone calls.

“SN, an employee of a newsroom in this city, filed a complaint to the Podgorica Security Center against an unknown person who harassed, threatened and insulted him and another employee, by phone at the phone number owned by this newsroom. Police officers in Mojkovac, according to the place of jurisdiction, and in agreement with the competent prosecutor, acted on this report and determined that the number from which the threats and insults were sent was owned by BJ, and that it was used by TJ (45) from Mojkovac, “it was announced from the police.

It is added that they collected notice from T.J. in the capacity of a citizen.

“Also, on the order of the competent court, the police searched the apartment and other premises used by this person, and on which occasion nothing interesting for the service was found. The competent state prosecutor was informed and ordered that the case files be submitted to him to qualify the crime”, it is stated in the announcement.

At the protest organized by the political party VMRO-DPMNE, journalist Milka Smilevska and cameraman Jorde Angelovic from the Al Jazeera media were attacked and prevented from performing their professional duties by an unknown person. The assailant pushed the microphone out of the journalist’s hand after asking which media outlet they were reporting on.

Journalist and director of RTV Dukagjini, Ermal Panduri has been threatened online by several people on social networks.

Panduri has announced that he was threatened with his life by various people on social networks. He made this known through a post on Facebook.

“This man is threatening me with my life, he is insulting my whole family!”, wrote Panduri.

The threats and insults that Panduri has recieved are unacceptable for AJK. Therefore, we call on the competent authorities to deal with this case as soon as possible so that the intimidators are brought to justice.

AJK calls on our colleagues to report cases of threats to the Kosovo Police.

 

 

During the election results celebration in Podgorica, a vehicle belonging to RTCG was hit by a stone and damaged. Luckily, no one was hurt.

On Sunday, August 30th, a large crowd gathered in Podgorica to show support to opposition parties after receiving preliminary results of the Montenegro parliamentary elections. The vehicle, clearly marked with the RTCG logo, was heading back to headquarters when it was stoned. Based on the RTCG report, the driver who was alone in the car was not harmed.