Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM, 06/05/2015
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was alarmed by developments in Macedonia (FYROM - ROM).
After recent wiretapping incidents, citizens took to the streets to protest against the government and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. More than 20 members of police forces and protesters were injured in clashes during the demonstrations. Among those who were attacked was journalist Zoran Ivanov, the current director of the media outlet TV 24 Novosti. Ivanov was allegedly beaten during physical confrontations between police and protesters.
SEEMO recalls that journalists need protection, even in times of political turmoil and during demonstrations. Media workers should be able to carry out their job safely. Members of the press must be allowed to report without fear of being verbally or physically attacked while on the field.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.