Tanja Milevska, verbal threats, july 2020

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.

Contry MK
Name and Surname Tanja Milevska
Gender Female
Date 12/07/2020
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