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Alert created on: 10 Aug 2018 n° 81/2018 Serbia

Impunity for a Series of Killings, Kidnappings and Disappearances of Serbian and Albanian Journalists in 1998-2005

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It has been close to twenty years since the killings, kidnappings and disappearances of 14 Serbian and Albanian journalists in Kosovo* between 1998 and 2005 and no one was brought to justice for these crimes committed. During the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists which took place on 6 June 2018 in Lisbon, a resolution was adopted by the General Assembly calling for prompt and effective investigations of the unresolved crimes against 14 Albanian and Serbian journalists in Kosovo* and calling on the Serbian and Kosovo* authorities to step up co-operation in the investigation of these cases. The resolution was adopted following a joint motion of the Association of Journalists of Serbia, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, Association of Journalists of Kosovo and Journalists’ Union of Serbia.

The resolution called for renewed efforts to investigate and bring perpetrators before to justice for the murder and kidnapping of journalists, as well as to provide compensation for their families, for the following cases:
- the kidnapping of Đuro Slavuj and Ranko Perenić of Radio Pristina who disappeared during assignment on a road near Orahovac on the 21 August 1998;
- the murder of Afrim Maliqi, journalist in Pristina on the 2 December 1998;
- the murder of Enver Maloku in Pristina on the 11th of January 1999;
- the disappearance of Ljubomir Knežević, correspondent of the national daily “Politika” and journalist of “Jedinstvo” from Pristina, who went missing in Vučitrn/Vushtrri on 6 May 1999;
- the kidnapping of Milo Buljević, worker of Radio-Television Pristina in Pristina on 25 June 1999;
- the murder of Aleksandar Simović, journalist of Media Action International in Pristina on 21 August 1999;
- the murder of Krist Gegaj, editor in RTV Pristina on 12 September 1999;
- the murder of photo-reporter Momir Stokuća in Pristina on 21 September 1999;
- the disappearance of the journalist of the Serbian desk of Radio Kosovo, Marjan Melonaši, in Pristina on 9 September 2000;
- the murder of Shefki Popova, journalist of “Rilindja” on 10 September 2000 in Vučitrn/Vushtrri;
- the murder of Xhemajl Mustafa, journalist of the newspaper “Bota sot” in Pristina on 23 November 2000;
- the murder of Bekim Kastrati, journalist of the newspaper “Bota sot” in the village of Lauš near Pristina on 19 October 2001;
- the murder of Bardhyl Ajeti, journalist and columnist of the newspaper “Bota sot”, who was attacked on 3 June 2005 in the village of Bresaljce near Gnjilane, and died on the 28 June 2005.

*All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
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