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.
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.
After campaigning against the NIN weekly because of the cover photo of Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic at arms fair with a sniper barrel pointing at him , in which high regime officials recognized a call for Vucic’s murder, the campaign continued with accusations against the Danas newspaper. The reason was Koraks’s caricature, which appeared on the front page of that newspaper, in which, alluding to the cover of NIN, Vucic was ironically presented as the alleged target of the alleged assassination.
Vucic reacted by writing on Twitter in addition to the caricature: “You only do your job”, while Minister Aleksandar Vulin interpreted the caricature as “a call for the assassination of the President of Serbia” and blamed the opposition party “Alliance for Serbia”.
Adi Bebanic, a N1 television reporter, was physically assaulted on September 8, 2019, during a coverage of a rally in the Sarajevo neighborhood of Ciglane, before the beginning of Pride Parade.
The Free Media Help Line has asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Canton Sarajevo about the incident. We received a response that a police officer had received a report of an attack on Adi Bebanic via a field officer.
Subsequently, N1 Television filed a criminal complaint against the NN offender. The Free Media Help Line submitted a request for information on the case to the Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office. According to the latest information, the attacker on Bebanic has not yet been identified.
Editor-in-chief of Otisak.ba portal Adis Mujdanovic was physically assaulted by an unknown person and gained minor injuries in the attack.
The attack happened at about 12.30pm when a unidentified man attacked Mujdanovic on the street and hit him with his shoulder. Mujdanovic fell to the ground from the impact, suffering minor injuries in the form of a scratch on his left leg and minor pain in his left leg and arm.
The Free Media Help Line (FHML) has sent a letter to the Brcko District Police regarding the attack.
The Brcko District Police informed the FHML that they had identified the attacker under the initials A.R. (1990) from Brcko, and had referred the case to the Brcko Basic Court for further action.
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”.