31 Aug 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 19 Apr 2016 North Macedonia

Five Journalists Beaten by Police in Skopje During Protests

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index RSF
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A journalist and four photo reporters were seriously injured by security forces on 13 April 2016 in the capital, Skopje, while covering an anti-government rally. The protests were reportedly sparked by President Gjorge Ivanov’s dual announcement of early elections and the decision to drop the investigation into the wiretapping scandal that broke out in February 2015 when it was alleged the government had illegally engaged in wiretapping over 20,000 people, including journalists. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Skopje, demanding that the President either revoke his decision or resign.
During the clashes, journalist Goran Naumovski, working for Plusinfo, and photo reporters Ognen Teofilovski (Vest), Nake Batev (Vecer), Tome Georgiev (Fokus) and Borce Popovski (Sloboden Pecat) were attacked by police officers , who wanted to prevent them from taking pictures of the violent protest. The IFJ and EFJ affiliate in Macedonia, SSNM, reported that all of the reporters were wearing distinctive press bibs and that their cameras were clearly identified, giving every indication that they were journalists covering the event. Other media workers, including Trajce Antonovski and Saska Cvetkovska, from NOVA TV, were injured by stones being thrown by protesters at the police, SSNM added.
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31 Aug 2017
Reply from the Ministry of Interior of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”
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