Other threats to journalists, Fushë Kosovë, 02.03.2023

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    Country KO
    Name and Surname Behar Mustafa
    Gender Male
    Date 02/03/2023
    City / Location Fushe Kosove
    Type of incident Other threats to journalists
    By whom By public officials
    Name of the perpetrator Hasime Qyqalla
    Type of media online
    Media name KALLXO.com
    Source KALLXO.com
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes
    What was journalists' association reaction The Association of Journalists of Kosovo condemns this attempt to silence the journalist Mustafa while reminding Mrs.Qyqalla that defamation is decriminalized in Kosovo. AJK calls on all officials to refrain from such threats and statements toward journalists, because such narratives damage freedom of expression and the foundations of democracy. Furthermore, AJK encourages all colleagues to continue their reporting and not fall prey to such threats.

    The official of the Municipality of Fushë Kosova, Hasime Qyqalla, has tried to intimidate the journalist of KALLXO.com, Behar Mustafa, by initiating criminal prosecution.

    This intimidation comes after an investigation by KALLXO.com, which includes her son. Meanwhile, on the same day, she threatened the journalist over the phone that she will initiate a criminal report against him.

    The Association of Journalists of Kosovo condemns this attempt to silence the journalist Mustafa, while reminding Mrs.Qyqalla that defamation is decriminalized in Kosovo.

    AJK calls on all officials to refrain from such threats and statements toward journalists, because such narratives damage freedom of expression and the foundations of democracy. Furthermore, AJK encourages all colleagues to continue their reporting and not fall prey to such threats.