VIENNA, 29 August 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was alarmed to learn about attacks on public broadcaster RTK and its General Director.
On 23 August, unknown perpetrators threw a hand grenade at the premises of the public broadcaster RTK. No persons were injured and no arrests were made regarding this case. On29 August, another hand grenade exploded in a suburb of Pristina, which is said to have been intended to hurt Mentor Shala, the General Director of RTK. The explosion occurred in close to Shala’s family home.
‘SEEMO calls on authorities to promptly investigate these attacks, and do everything necessary to preserve and protect media workers and their rights. An attack on someone’s life, if it is not investigated and punished, is a bad sign for conditions in Kosovo’, 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.