Vienna, 17 August 2017 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is alarmed after a new case of attack on journalist in Kosovo.
Parim Olluri, director of the website Insajderi (Insider), was beaten in Pristina by three unknown assailants on Wednesday, 16 August, as he was going home with his partner. He and his partner had to be taken to the hospital.
The attack came after Olluri was reporting about tenders and accusing in his reports some politicians and some former officers of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA- Ushtria Çlirimtare e Kosovës – UCK) of corruption.
“SEEMO is alarmed about threats to journalists in Kosovo. We are asking the authorities in Pristina to investigate this case, as also all unsolved cases of attacks from the past. Only three months ago on 12 May unknown perpetrators attacked Arbana Xharra, former editor-in-chief of the Kosovo daily Zeri on a parking place in front of her home in Pristina. We have in our database 22 cases of threats, pressures or attacks on journalist and media workers in Kosovo in 2016. Kosovo authorities must better protect journalists”, SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.