Tanja Milevska, journalist and correspondent in MIA (Media Information Agency), received death
threats and sexist insults on Twitter and later on Facebook, because of her public stands
expressed on social networks. The case was reported to the police, but no charges have been
raised so far.
On July, 11 th Milevska received dozens of verbal abuses, hate speech, death and rape threats on
social network after she tweeted asking whether Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the
European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament recognize the constitutional change
of 2019 making “North Macedonia” the country’s official name.
Following the tweets, trolls and active political figures have been fuelling threats to discredit the journalist in the context of parliamentary election to be held on Wednesday 15 July.
|Name and Surname||Tanja Milevska|
|City / Location||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|Type of incident||Threats against the lives and limbs of journalists|
|By whom||To journalists by citizens To their family members by citizens|
|Name of the perpetrator||Ivo Bucim|
|Was journalist`s association informed||Yes|
|What was journalists' association reaction||Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) strongly condemned hate speech and direct threats to Milevska’s life and reminded the Ministry of Interior and the Public Prosecutor’s Office that hate speech and such direct threats are covered by the Criminal Code and it should act.|
|Were authorities informed?||Case was reported to the police|