13 January 2020 journalists Drazen Zivkovic and Gojko Raicevic were detained because they published the explosion at the official state-owned residential villa Gorica in Podgorica. Police later denied this, stating that there was no explosion, but some failure in the wiring. Montenegrin police and the prosecution claim that Raicevic and Zivkovic, who were released after the hearing, caused panic and disorder with that article. The portals on which they are editors (In4S and Borba) immediately conveyed the police denial of the controversial news.
Andjela Djikanovic was detained 05 January 2020. and retained for up to 72 hours on suspicion of committing the crime of panic and disorder after she published that 250 members of ROSU, a special Kosovo unit, would be available to Montenegrin police on Christmas Eve. The news was soon denied by the Government of Montenegro. FOS Media, a portal whose editor-in-chief is Djikanovic, withdrew that information about an hour after the disputed news was published and apologized for its publication. January 6th she was released to defend herself from freedom. The same day, FOS published a statement saying that Djikanović had been dismissed as editor-in-chief for a “serious professional error.”
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.
Emil Jakimovski made threats and insults to journalist Iskra Korveshovska.
Emil Jakimovski made threats and insults to journalist and deputy editor of “A1on” Meri Jordanovska. According to messages published by Jordanovska, the threatening person insulted her by threatening to “make her obituary”.
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.”