RSF urges Kosovar authorities to protect journalist after death threats

first_img August 18, 2017 Find out more Follow the news on Kosovo KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses News “UCK hunting” – title of Gazeta Express’s documentary. Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina Help by sharing this information to go further KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the death threats, insults and baseless accusations that have been levelled against Leonard Kerquki, the editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Express website, since a documentary he directed was premiered on the site on 23 October. The documentary, for which Kerquki also did the voiceover, addresses a rarely discussed aspect of the Kosovo War of 1998-2000 – atrocities against Serbian and Bosniak minorities. The day after it was screened, a photomontage of Kerquki with his forehead riddled by bullet holes in Serbian colours was posted on the Facebook page of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), a paramilitary group that opposed the Serbs during the war. The UCK is accused in the documentary of carrying out war crimes against civilians in the name of Kosovar patriotism. “We condemn this public lynching of Leonard Kerquki and we call on the authorities to quickly adopt measures to protect this journalist and his colleagues,” RSF programme director Lucie Morillon said. “We also call for an investigation with aim of identifying those responsible for these threats and bringing them to trial.” The documentary was the second in a new series of documentaries and investigative reports about Kosovo’s contemporary history recently launched by Gazeta Express, an Albanian-language news portal. Kosovo is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. October 26, 2016 – Updated on October 27, 2016 RSF urges Kosovar authorities to protect journalist after death threats Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage RSF_en News June 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia June 14, 2018 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newslast_img

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