Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia) FYROM, 16/01/2015
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was worried to learn about the latest developments regarding the trial of journalist Tomislav Kezarovski. The Court of Appeal in Skopje failed to repair the damage caused by basic court.
The journalist has been prosecuted for revealing the identity of a protected witness in a murder trial, and was originally sentenced to 4,5 years of incarceration. By the new ruling of the Court of Appeals in Skopje, his sentence is now revoked to 2 years.
“A shorter sentence is not good news in cases where there shouldn’t be a sentence at all. The only acceptable decision by the Court of Appeal in Skopje was to dismiss all charges towards the journalists and not to reduce the prison sentence to two years. Macedonian authorities must release Kezarovski. There can be no free press or proper democratization in any country that treats their media workers this way” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic has stated.