31 Aug 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 16 Jul 2015 North Macedonia

Macedonian Journalist Sashe Ivanovski Physically Assaulted by Deputy Prime Minister

Source of threatState
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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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