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November 4, 2014

Investigative journalist receives threats from EU Kosovo mission

Vehbi Kajtazi , an investigative journalist with the Kosovan newspaper Koha Ditore , says he was directly threatened by members of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (Eulex) over his reports that senior mission officials were suspected of corruption. Earlier last week, Koha Ditore began running a series of articles on suspected corruption on the part of senior Eulex officials in the country. The mission’s head, Gabriele Meucci, told a press conference October 30 that the... MORE
October 31, 2014

Kosovo: Reporter stabbed three times inside TV station

A man armed with a knife entered the headquarters of Klan Kosova TV in Pristina on October 27 and repeatedly stabbed journalist Milot Hasimja , apparently in retaliation for a report about him by Hasimja. Police spokesman Baki Kelani said the attacker, identified as Sovran Syla, was immediately arrested. Klan Kosova editor in chief Gazmend Syla said Hasimja was at his desk when the attacker entered and stabbed him several times in the neck. According to local media reports, he was allowed into... MORE
March 6, 2011

US ambassador to Kosovo makes "unacceptable attack" on journalists

US ambassador to Kosovo Christopher Dell has written an open letter to the country's Independent Media Commission criticising Express , Koha Ditore and Koha Vision TV for using blown-up photos of text messages on a smartphone screen to show that he provided the country's new president with last-minute advice in parliament before a vote that secured him the presidency. It was clear from the photos that Dell was advising President Behgjet Pacolli's aide, Esat Puskar, on how to proceed during a 45... MORE
January 12, 2011

Smear campaign launched against Kosovo journalist by veterans

An aggressive smear campaign has been launched by the Kosovo Liberation Army’s Veterans Association against respected journalist Halil Matoshi in the last few days, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The attacks seem to have been prompted by an article by Matoshi in the daily Koha Ditore on January 6 about the challenges facing Kosovo in 2011, in which he accused certain people of wanting to police a “patriotic anarchy” by claiming the right to... MORE
November 17, 2010

News agency in Kosovo abandons reporter to her fate as she receives threats in run-up to election

Sebahate Shala of the KosovaPress agency has been receiving threats since raising a sensitive issue about two members of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) at a news conference that Andy Sparkes, the deputy head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), gave on November 12, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Shala asked Sparkes if it was normal that two PDK members who are being investigated by EULEX on suspicion of... MORE
September 30, 2010

New bomb attack on home of radio journalist in Kosovo

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has condemned the second bomb attack at the house of Caslav Milisavljevic, editor-in-chief of Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, in the Kosovo municipality of Zvecan. According to information received by SEEMO, during the early morning hours of September 27, an explosive device was thrown in the courtyard of Milisavljevic's house. During this attack, the car of Milisavljevic's son, which was parked in front of the house, was completely burned. Fortunately... MORE
September 22, 2010

SEEMO condemn alleged mistreatment of journalists by lieutenant

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has condemned the alleged mistreatment of a reporter and cameraman working for KohaVision in Decan/Decani in Kosovo, by Lieutenant Sejde Krasniqi. According to information received by SEEMO, on September 8, a reporter working for KohaVision, Arta Avdiu and her cameraman Veton Veha were locked inside Lieutenant Krasniqi's office and not allowed to leave. Lieutenant Sejde Krasniqi has said he kept the journalists at the station to... MORE
July 22, 2010

Bomb attack on radio journalist's home in Kosovo

Caslav Milisavljevic, Editor-in-Chief of Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, was attacked in the Kosovo municipality of Zvecan, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has reported. According to information received by SEEMO, during the early morning hours of July 20, an explosive device was thrown in the courtyard of Milisavljevic's home. The device exploded, causing damage to three automobiles, but fortunately no one was hurt in the incident. Although Milisavljevic reported the attack to the... MORE
March 10, 2010

Kosovo: Wave of threats against print media journalists

There have been three separate cases of threats against investigative journalists in Kosovo during the past month, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. The target in the most recent case was Vehbi Kajtazi, who wrote a story for the February 18 issue of the daily Koha Ditore about internal wrangling and divisions resulting from recent decisions by President Fatmir Sejdiu and the judicial system, in particular, a presidential amnesty granted for the second anniversary of Kosovo’s... MORE
June 10, 2009

Death threats against investigative TV reporter over alleged Kosovo war atrocities

Several news media outlets have been waging an aggressive campaign against “Life in Kosovo,” an investigative programme broadcast by public TV service RTK, and the programme’s presenter, Jeta Xharra, who has received death threats. The campaign started after a "Life in Kosovo" report about alleged atrocities by the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) during the 1998-99 Kosovo War. "A Life in Kosovo" crew was also expelled from the municipality of Skenderaj (in the central Drenica region) while... MORE