Macedonian Journalist Sashe Ivanovski Physically Assaulted by Deputy Prime Minister

Update: 31 Aug 2017 State replied
Year 16 Jul 2015 Country "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" Category A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists Source of threat State Partner EFJ/IFJ Alert level Level 2
16 Jul 2015 "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" A. Attacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists State EFJ/IFJ Level 2

On 15 July 2015, Vladimir Peshevski, Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, physically assaulted Sashe Ivanovski, a freelance journalist and editor of Maktel website. The journalist approached Minister Peshevski, while recording with his mobile phone, to ask him about a recent wiretapping scandal in Macedonia. Peshevski turned and physically attacked the journalist, throwing punches and chasing Ivanovski until he was restrained by a third person. Later on, the ruling party VMRO-DPMNE issued a statement justifying the attack on Ivanovski and warning other journalists that “Next time, SDSM (the main opposition party) and its mercenaries such as Politiko (Sashe Ivanovski’s nickname) and those similar to him should be aware of the consequences resulting from any threat to privacy, freedom and rights that every individual and entity has regardless of the position held.”

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31 Aug 2017 : Reply from the Ministry of Interior of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
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