Other attacks towards journalist Ola Xama, 15/07/2023, Tirana

    Country AL
    Name and Surname Ola Xama
    Gender Female
    Date 15/07/2023
    City / Location Tirana
    Type of incident Other threats to journalists
    By whom By public officials
    Type of media online
    Media name BIRN Albania
    Source https://www.reporter.al/2023/07/15/organizatat-e-medias-denojne-sulmin-e-veliajt-ndaj-gazetares-ola-xama/
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes

    Following an investigative piece published by Ms. Xama and BIRN Albania on the ongoing investigation by SPAK on the case of the incinerator in Albania on 13th July, Mayor Veliaj launched a verbal attack on the journalist. The article, which presents an analysis based on the data from SPAK regarding this case, names various high-level officials including the mayor himself, and was produced with a commitment to public interest and investigative integrity.

    The mayor was offered the opportunity to comment prior to the publication of the article, which he refused. Post-publication, he launched a personal assault on Ms. Xama, referring to her as “You are not a journalist, you are a contract killer” in a WhatsApp message. This alarming verbal assault was followed by disturbingly similar rhetoric from other media outlets (here, here, here), further enhancing the hostile environment for the journalist.