07 Apr 2015 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 07 Apr 2015 North Macedonia

Call for Review of the Trial Process which Led to the Conviction of Macedonian Journalist Tomislav Kezarovski

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Partner EFJ/IFJ
The Macedonian investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly revealing the identity of a protected witness in an article published in 2008 in the magazine “Reporter 92”. Kezarovski's article allegedly revealed the identity of a protected witness, who later admitted to having testified against the defendants under duress. The witness had however not yet been given protection at the time the article was written and in 2013 admitted having given a false statement under pressure from the police. Kezarovski was sentenced in October 2013 to four and a half years in prison. Following international protests he was held under house arrest and returned home on 1 November 2013 after 172 days in detention. On 16 January 2015, the Skopje Court of Appeal reduced Kezarovski’s to two years but upheld his conviction. The EFJ and the IFJ sent a joint letter to Macedonian Prime Minister, Mr. Nicola Gruevski, demanding the review of Kezarovski’s trial process.
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