Verbal threat to journalist, Jeta Xharra, Pristina, 03.07.2020


Senior official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Gani Koci, has used insulting language against journalist Jeta Xharra.

Koci, through a post published on the social network Facebook, called Serbian skeptic tanks that should be closed with concrete, some personalities, including the BIRN’s journalist, Jeta Xharra.

“Time has come not to disinfect, but to close these Serbian septic tanks that remain in Kosovo. They are stinking a lot”, he wrote.

Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), through a reaction, strongly condemned the language used by Gani Koci, and called on all political officials to stop attacks on journalists, in order for their work to serve public opinion and democratic development of society.

Such pressures are detrimental not only to the work of journalists, but also to democracy in the country. Journalists have the right to do their job freely, without fearing labels of this nature.

Contry KO
Name and Surname Jeta Xharra
Gender Female
Date 03/07/2020
City / Location
Type of incident Other threats to journalists
By whom By public officials
Name of the perpetrator Senior official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Gani Koci.
Type of media online
Source Facebook
Was journalist`s association informed No
What was journalists' association reaction Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), strongly condemned the language used by the senior official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Gani Koci, towards the journalist Jeta Xharra. For AJK, this way of expressing towards journalists is an attack on freedom of expression. Such pressures are detrimental not only to the work of journalists, but also to democracy in the country.
Were authorities informed? Case was reported to the police