Firearm attack against RTV 21 team, Leposaviq, 02.06.2023

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    Country KO
    Gender Group Venhar Isufi dhe Olti Pacolli
    Date 02/06/2023
    City / Location Leposaviq
    Type of incident Threats against the lives and limbs of journalists
    By whom To journalists by citizens
    Type of media Radio and television
    Media name RTV21
    Source RTV21
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    What was journalists' association reaction For AJK, the security of the teams reporting from the northern part of the country remains concerning, and they call on the Kosovo Police, KFOR, and EULEX to create better conditions for them.
    Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police

    The Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) has received news with concern that the team of RTV 21 has been followed by masked individuals in Leposaviq.

    Journalist Venhar Isufi, along with camera operator Olti Pacolli, were initially hindered while performing their professional duties. According to Isufi, they were threatened and asked to leave the scene.

    “We were prevented from filming the negotiations between the former mayor of Leposaviq, Zoran Todiq, and KFOR officials,” he stated.

    “We attempted to approach and record what was happening, and we were threatened by the same individuals, who told us to leave and not use our cameras. After 15 minutes, we started following the event, and a masked person with a firearm appeared and remained there.”

    According to the RTV 21 team, this incident has also been reported to the Kosovo Police.

    For AJK, the security of the teams reporting from the northern part of the country remains concerning, and they call on the Kosovo Police, KFOR, and EULEX to create better conditions for them.