Other threats to journalist Armand Bajrami, 12/09/2023, Tirana

    Country AL
    Name and Surname Armand Bajrami
    Gender Male
    Date 12/09/2023
    City / Location Tirana
    Type of incident Other threats to journalists
    Type of media Radio and television
    Media name A2CNN
    Source Journalist Armand Bajrami
    Legal closure Ongoing (or case not closed)
    Was journalist`s association informed No
    Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police

    On September 12, 2023, journalist Armand Bajrami reported the use of his personal data by an unauthorized person to the Cybercrime section of the Tirana Local Police Directorate.

    Through the email address `[email protected]`, in the last few days, a request for information was sent to the Internal Control Service of Prisons and to the Prosecution of Elbasan. In both cases, the sender claims to be Armand Bajrami, an A2CNN journalist, while the journalist claims that such an account does not belong to him.

    In the communication via emails, the unidentified user sent a request for information on the progress of an investigation by the Elbasan Prosecutor’s Office on a suspected case of abuse in Lushnja prison.

    As contact number in the email sent to SHKBB is the correct number of the journalist, while in the email sent to the Elbasan Prosecutor’s Office, is set as the contact number the phone number of the journalist’s wife, Esiona Konomi, a journalist at ABC News. Attached to this communication is also a photocopy of the identity card of journalist Bajrami.

    In addition to the fake use of the name and personal data of the journalist, the unidentified user also used the name of A2CNN, the television where Bajrami is currently working as well as the correct address of the television in the email signature.