Actual attacks on Albanian journalists, 08/01/2022, Tirana

    Country AL
    Name and Surname Group of Journalists
    Gender Group Ermal Noka, Esmerald Jahelezi, Alban Xhokaxhi, Everest Dedaj, Fjorela Beleshi, Sonila Musaj, Edison Vatnika
    Date 08/01/2022
    City / Location Tirane
    Type of incident Actual attacks on journalists
    By whom by policeman
    Type of media Radio and television online
    Media name Group of Journalists
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police

    On 8 January 2022, journalists and media crews who covered a protest outside the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Party in Tirana were targeted by a police water cannon and sprayed with tear gas. For more than an hour, journalists from various media organizations had been covering the violent standoff between rival factions of the political party, which saw stone-throwing protesters storm into the party’s headquarters, when the police intervened. Media were given no prior warning and a number of journalists, who were clearly identifiable at the time, were hit by water cannon jets. The Ora News camera operators Ermal Noka, Esmerald Jahelezi, and Alban Xhokaxhi, and reporters Everest Dedaj, Fjorela Beleshi, Sonila Musaj, and Edison Vatnika sustained burns to their eyes and had breathing problems after police fired a “disproportionate amount” of tear gas at them, according to news reports. No media workers sustained serious injuries.