Other threats to Albanian journalists, 25/01/2022, Albania

    Country AL
    Name and Surname Dosja.al / Syri.net / Faktor.al / SportExpress /
    Gender Group Dosja.al / Syri.net / Faktor.al / SportExpress / Lapsi.al /
    Date 25/01/2022
    City / Location Tirana
    Type of incident Other threats to journalists
    By whom By public officials
    Name of the perpetrator Tirana Mayor
    Type of media online
    Media name Dosja.al / Syri.net / Faktor.al / SportExpress / Lapsi.al /
    Source https://dosja.al/vezhgimi-kush-i-leshoi-mercenaret-e-rrjetit-ne-sulmin-ndaj-portaleve/?__cf_chl_tk=zZT2veM3_x3dC7hrctlGMpVtSQb6aJpCQ9iFqla5ero-1643231395-0-gaNycGzNCFE
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    Were authorities informed? Case was not reported to the police

    Some online media outlets in Albania (dosja.al / syri.net / faktor.al / SportExpress / Lapsi.al / and others) have reported cyber-attacks starting Monday on 24th January 2022, such as: stop of web functionality, servers down and other issues with their digital presence. In their reaction they argue that these cyber-attacks are allegedly ordered by Mayor Erion Veliaj. These media have published an audio recording of Veliaj using threats and foul language to get his man elected head of the country’s football governing body. They claim these cyber-attacks are related to their ongoing criticism of the Government and Mayor Veliaj. So far, Mayor Veliaj has accepted that the audio recording is authentic but has made no declaration regarding the cyber-attacks.