11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 1
State repliedProgress
Alert created on: 10 Mar 2017 n° 27/2017 Albania

Albanian Journalist Elvi Fundo Attacked in Tirana

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 8 March 2017, Elvi Fundo, director of Citynews.al online portal and Radio Best, was beaten up by unidentified assailants near the train station in Tirana. He was later sent to the hospital. He declared to Balkan Insight, the news portal of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network: : “Two individuals attacked me near my office at 10.30 am, causing injuries (…) I don’t believe it’s a political attack but the work of criminals financed by corrupt media clans tied to drug-trafficking.” Albanian politicians, including the Prime minister Edi Rama, as well as the Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) and OSCE representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, condemned the attack.
11 Jun 2019: On 23 August 2017, the court imposed a 30-day prison sentence for Ilir Kouni for attacking journalist Elvi Fundo. Police are still looking for the other aggressor.
State replies
10 Mar 2017
OSCE media freedom representative condemns beating of journalist in Albania, urges quick investigation
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