01 Sep 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 22 Sep 2016 North Macedonia

Extended Pre-Trial Detention of Journalist Zoran Bozinovski

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Macedonian journalist Zoran Bozinovski has been spending five months in detention in Skopje, after his extradiction from Serbia where he had spent another 18 months detained. The prosecutor's office in Skopje needed four months to deliver the formal indictment for alleged espionnage, blackmail and criminal association. The journalists' organisations in the country, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM-AJM) and the Trade Union of Macedonian Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM), consider that the case against Bozinovski is not based on material evidence and is politically construed by the Macedonian Government with the intention to silence a journalist who covered many corruption cases in which public officials were involved. AJM and SSNM demand the court to abolish Bozinovski's detention and to drop charges against him.
01 Sep 2017
On 14 July 2017, the Skopje Criminal Court released Zoran Božinovski on bail at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
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