Actual Attack on Journalist Simon Shkreli 06/01/2022, Shkodra

    Country AL
    Name and Surname Simon Shkreli
    Gender Male
    Date 06/01/2022
    City / Location Shkoder
    Type of incident Actual attacks on journalists
    By whom by policeman
    Name of the perpetrator Police Special Forces
    Type of media Radio and television
    Media name TV Rozafa and ABC News
    Legal closure Charges dismissed
    Legal closure decision As per the official reply of the General Director of the State Police, with the prot. no 10197, dated 30.12.2022, the case of attack towards journalist Simon Shkreli has been dismissed, as per the state police, the armed forces RENEA have followed the rules and regulation of behavior towards the journalists while informing him on the perimeter line where he could be present.
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police

    Simon Shkreli, journalist of local media outlet TV Rozafa and reporter for ABC News, a 24-hour news outlet, was walking with his 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter in his home town of Shkodra when he noticed state Police and RENEA (special police forces) conducting controls in the area. He put on his journalist badge and started filming with his smartphone. Only after about 30 seconds, one of the Police officers in civilian clothing told Shkreli to stop filming and to remove his phone. Shkreli mentioned he was a journalist, pointed to his badge and stated that he was doing his job as a journalist. Shkreli told Safe Journalists Network that the Director of Shkodra Police and the Chief of Shkodra Police Station recognized him but asked him to approach their car mentioning that RENEA forces did not know he was a journalist. Shkreli insisted he had a badge on as media staff. Then one of the RENEA Officers grabbed him and removed his media badge while using denigrating language. All this happened in front of his children who were scared, shocked and crying. The Police and RENEA forces got into their cars and left.

    Shkreli told Safe Journalists Network that after the incident he informed his editor and director of information and reported the case in the Shkodra Police Director where he met with two Officers of the Internal Affairs and Complaints Services of the State Police, who received him very well. Shkreli also talked about the incident with the State Police spokesperson.

    Regarding this incident, the State Police has reacted later that night (6th January) confirming that the General Director of the State Police has immediately ordered the Directorate of Professional Standards in the State Police, to start verifying the actions of the officers in Shkodra. Also, the Internal Affairs and Complaints Services of the State Police have initiated an internal investigation about the incident. The declaration of the State Police condemns the act and reiterates that will take measures for any overstepping in the exercise of duty by the employees of the State Police towards media staff.