Actual attacks against journalist Marsi Korreshi and SYRI TV filming crew, 16/07/2023, Rrogozhine

    Country AL
    Name and Surname SYRI TV Crew
    Gender Group Journalist Marsi Korreshi and filming crew
    Date 16/07/2023
    City / Location Rrogozhine
    Type of incident Actual attacks on journalists
    By whom To journalists by citizens
    Type of media online
    Media name Syri TV
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes

    On 16th July, the journalist Marsi Korreshi and her crew from SYRI TV received serious threats during their coverage of a Socialist Party gathering in the city of Rrogozhina, amid the upcoming local elections scheduled for July 23rd.

    The crew reported being threatened and harassed by two individuals, identified as relatives of the Socialist Party candidate, Edison Memolla. Marsi Korreshi and the crew were reporting live from Rogozhina about the hosting of a lunch for teachers, doctors, and other administrative workers by the candidate of the Socialist Party, an act that is prohibited during election campaigns.

    The journalist reported that multiple individuals, both on foot and in vehicles, surrounded and threatened the crew, physically grabbing them and demanding they cease their coverage and leave the premises. They were even threatened with violent removal.

    The Rrogozhina Police responded to the incident promptly, after receiving a distress call from the SYRI TV crew around 11:55 on Sunday 16th July. The Police Services advised the crew to file a formal complaint and have identified and escorted the two individuals involved, who are both residents of Rrogozhina and relatives of the candidate of the Socialist Party, for further procedural actions at the Rrogozhina Police Station.

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