AJK: Physical attack towards journalist Visar Duriqi, disturbing and dangerous for the freedom of expression

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PRISTINA, 25.02.2021 – The Association of Journalists of Kosovo – AJK, has accepted with deep concern the news of the physical attack towards the journalist of the online newspaper Insjaderi, Visar Duriqi.

Duriqi was physically attacked by three unknown persons during the last midnight in front of his apartment.

Journalist has stated for the media that he received medical treatment at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo as a result of the physical attack his teeth and nose are broken.

Regarding the case the Kosovo Police has also stated to the media.

“Immediately after receiving the information, the police went to the scene and based on the first hand information, it is suspected that three masked persons attacked the victim at the entrance of his apartment, causing him body injuries. The victim was sent to the hospital, for the necessary medical treatment and then he was discharged from there “, it is said in the police statement.

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo calls upon the competent bodies to investigate the motives of this attack and to shed light over this case, for which is a threat towards free speech and media.

AJK will inform  relevant national and international stakeholders about this case and at the same time we call on all our fellow journalists to report threats and attacks against them.

Each attack on journalists is an attack on free speech and democracy in the country.