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Cases found 288

Denigrating language toward journalist, Agim Ademi, Prishtinë, 03.05.2022

Agim Ademi - a journalist of the KOHA Group reported today at AJK a series of public insulting after an article he wrote about the expenses of the mayor of Shtime, Qemajl Aliu. Ademi has been called as the "servant of the Klan Pronto", by the senior official of the Vetëvendosje Movement in Shtime, Halil Kurtishi. AJK considers such language unacceptable and that directly endangers the safety of journalist Ademi. AJK invites Mayor Aliu to distance himself from the pressures…

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Denigrating language towards journalist Besarta Hoti, Pristina, 15.04.2022

Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla, claimed for the question of journalist Besarta Hoti to be “stupidity”. Journalist Hoti of online portal “Periskopi”, asked the Minister about the employment of his sister in the Ministry of Agriculture in the Government of Kosovo. Having in consideration his position, minister’s behavior is unprofessional and it also has sexist tones. His response prompted a series of online hateful reactions that targeted the journalist. AJK…

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Threats against Front Online journalists, Pristina, 10.04.2022

After the publication of a part of the indictment wherewith the Basic Prosecution Office in Prishtina charges the singer Asdren Gjikolli, also known as Gjiko, the latter has sued for defamation the “Front Online” portal journalists, the editor-in-chief Lavdim Hamidi and director Enis Veliu, asking also for a security measure against their Facebook posts related to their reporting on FrontOnline. Gjiko motioned the Basic Court of Prishtina to order Hamid and Veliu to delete…

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Threats against Infokus journalists, Pristina, 10.04.2022

On 9 March 2018, Prosecutor Remzush Latifi from the Basic Prosecution Office in Prishtina, filed an indictment against the Infokus portal journalists Shkelzen Dakaj and Valdete Dakaj for “False News or Reporting” under Article 390 of the Criminal Code. Prosecutor Latifi submits that the Infokus portal “had published false information that the businessman Blerim Devolli allegedly possesses a forged Montenegrin passport”. Devolli had complained to the prosecutor about image…

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Denigrating language towards journalists, Prishtinë, 08.04.2022

The AAK leader, and MP, Ramush Haradinaj, attacked today the media in Albania and Kosovo, calling them “mercenaries” and “sold out”, after his claims that they reported that he could be considered a candidate for President of Albania. Moreover, Haradinaj has accused the media of working “against the interests of Albania and Kosovo”. Such language is threatening, denigrating, unacceptable, and endangering the safety of journalists. AJK calls on Mr. Haradinaj and all political…

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Obstructing the work of journalists, Pristina, 05.04.2022

The Football Federation of Kosovo has decided to close the proceedings of the Electoral Assembly to journalists and media, scheduled for 6 April. According to the FFK announcement, only a broadcaster, but no journalists will be allowed in that space. The Association of Journalists of Kosovo is concerned about this decision and the reasoning for the lack of office spaces is ungrounded, as similar events have been covered by all interested media in the past. Such closing makes…

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Assault toward journalist, Diamant Bajra, Prishtinë, 04.04.2022

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo was concerned to receive the news of the threat against the journalist, Diamant Bajra. In the announcement addressed to AJK, it is reported that Bajra received threatening messages after his last show where he discussed the circulation of counterfeit money. “Following the show “Counterfeiting endangering Kosovo” broadcasted on “Kanal10” television, Bajra published “TikTok” profile an excerpt from the show, wherein he received a…

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Denigrating language towards journalists, Pristina, 21.03.2022

Luan Dalipi - Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Kurti, through a Facebook post today unprecedentedly attacked Kosovo’s media by linking them to "criminal businesses", and calling on those he distinguishes as "dignified citizens” to boycott them. AJK considers that such a public call by Prime Minister Kurti's closest ally in the Government is very dangerous, and an open call for denigrating language towards journalists. Mr. Dalipi's language is a continuation of the attacks…

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Cyber-attack toward Buletini Ekonomik, 26.02.2022, Prishtina

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo is concerned about the cyber-attack towards “Buletini Ekonomik”, and “Buletini Newsletter”. According to the Buletini’s staff: “On 25.02.2022, the two main pages of Buletini Ekonomik on Facebook were attacked. Both sites “Buletini Ekonomik”, and “Buletini Newsletter”, are not in our management. The case was reported last night to the Kosovo Police and has given a statement regarding the attack. " AJK condemns this attack and calls…

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Actual attacks on journalists, RTV Dukagjini, 21.02.2022, Pristina

A team of RTV Dukagjini, consisting of journalist Liridon Llozani and cameraman Diamant Maxharraj were physically attacked today while reporting in Pejton, Prishtina for the declaration of revenues at Tax Administration of Kosovo. The owner of one of the bars where the team was shooting, at first tried to stop them from performing their duties, and then physically assaulted the cameraman, Maxharraj. The team immediately called the Police, who arrested the perpetrator.

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Denigrating language towards journalists, Pristina, 09.02.2022

Kosovo’s First Gentleman, Prindon Sadriu, used denigrating language towards journalists and media in Kosovo, labeling them “a joint criminal enterprise”. “When representatives of a Joint Criminal Enterprise, ‘journalists’ of informal politics, people involved in racketing and misuse of millions, give lessons. These are the people who slander who paid 1.200 US Dollars for a night at Hotel Interconntinental Manhattan, or paid a breakfast $50 per person (their lunches and…

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Other threats to journalists, Albion Selitaj,Suharekë, 03.02.2022

The Kosovo Police have arrested today in Suhareka the cameraman of the news agency, Ekonomia Online, Albion Selitaj, while he was performing his duties as cameraman, reporting from the action of the Police in "NBI Suhareka". AJK strongly condemns the unprofessional behavior of Kosovo Police officials, furthermore demands his immediate release. AJK expects of Kosovo Police that instead of obstructing media workers on duty, to provide safe environment for media workers when…

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Other threats towards journalist Alban Muhaxheri, Kaçanik, 27.12.2021

The journalist and editor of the portal "Indeksonline", Alban Muhaxheri, informed AJK that he was interrogated for several hours at the Police Station in Kaçanik, after writing about a member of the Police on a local Facebook page. According to Muhaxheri, he was asked to remove the writing or he would be held in custody for 48 hours. AJK condemns the invitation of the Police to interrogate the journalist and sees this as open pressure on the work of the media. AJK also…

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Selective approach towards journalist Adriatik Kelmendi, Beograd, 22.12.2021

Adriatik Kelemendi - Journalist from Kosovo, has reported that he was questioned by Serbian Information Agency (BIA) agents, in his most recent trip to Belgrade. According to Kelmendi, he has faced similar situations of being interviewed by agents in all of his trips in Serbia in the last years. Kelmendi was asked for clarifications about his public statements. AJK deems this behavior unacceptable coming against a journalist and a regional reconciliation activist. AJK calls…

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Threats against the life of journalist, Vehbi Kajtazi, Pristina, 16.12.2021

Paparaci.com journalist and founder, Vehbi Kajtazi has informed the Association of Journalists of Kosovo that he received over 100 online threats after his statements about “Kumanova Group” in a RTV Dukagjini show. “Since Monday I have received hundreds of threats from different people. These threats were also fueled by members of the convicted group who can freely write and go live on TV from their prison cells. Today, I officially opened a case in Police against some 100…

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Denigrating language towards journalists, Pristina, 02.11.2021

#mekryeministrin Facebook group has continued the smear campaign against journalists. This group which functions in support of the ruling Vetevendosje party and PM Kurti, continuously smears journalists of different media outlets. Immediately after reopening, the group administrators launched a new series of attacks by labelling some part of media as “Klan Pronto” media. The public support from the Vetevendosje MP, Fitore Pacolli for this group and this kind of language…

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Threats towards the editor-in-chief of "Bota Sot', Idriz Morina, Pristina, 22.11.2021

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Bota Sot, Idriz Morina, has received a phone call with threatening messages to him and his family because of his writings. Morina has notified the Police about this threat, and after that the Kosovo Police has started the investigative procedures. AJK condemns this threat, and calls upon the Kosovo Police to treat it with priority.

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Obstruction against Klan Kosova and RTV Dukagjini Team, Pristina, 18.11.2021

Klan Kosova and RTV Dukagjini team, who went to the scene to report live about the armed robbery on the Prishtina-Gjilan district were obstructed and fined by the Kosovo Police. Journalist Flamur Gajtani, cameraman Arben Kajtazi, and the driver Gazmend Salihu from Klan Kosova and journalist Mehmet Krasniqi and the cameraman Visar Kryeziu from RTV Dukagjini were stopped and then fined when they tried to go through an alternative route to reach the scene. The road was allowed…

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Attack against the RFE/RL team, North Mitrovica, 13.10.2021

A team of journalists from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was among those attacked by local protesters in north of Kosovo. AJK is alarmed that a group of 50 people surrounded the vehicle in which the team was traveling, and demanded them to stop filming. In trying to take the camera away, they damaged it and the taxi as well. Fortunately, the team members managed to escape unhurt.

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Threatening language against journalists, Pristina, 09.11.2021

The official of Vetëvendosje and the former candidate of this party for MP, Hysamedin Feraj, used threatening language against some journalists. In a Facebook post, Feraj accused some Kosovar journalists of "working for Serbia for free". "It is not fair that Grenell gets paid and the Grenellists don't (?) Or Kosovo owes Serbia and they pay it off by working it for free!", wrote Feraj. Such language, especially when it comes from the official of a ruling party, endangers the…

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