CASES OF VIOLATION OF JOURNALISTS ‘RIGHTS 2024

 

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
22.03.2024  Physical attack Kichevo While taking a statement from the executive agent, the journalist was physically attacked by Jakimovska and suffered an injury to his hand and a broken microphone. Furkan Saliu PortaliX Yes Link to post

 

CASES OF VIOLATION OF JOURNALISTS ‘RIGHTS 2023

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
21.08.2023 Verbal and physical attack Skopje  While they were filming inserts in the bazaar for the show’s needs, the owner, a barber, came out of one of the shops with scissors and addressed them with verbal insults and threats to his life, causing visible injuries to the cameraman’s head. Era Gjakova Sara Hoxha and cameraman TV Alsat m Yes Link to post
24.07.2023 Оnline explicit threat Skopje explicit threats directed at the journalist Rita Behadini on her post on FB Rita Behadini Alsat M Fisnik Hoxha Yes Link to post
18.07.2023 Verbal and physical attack Rosoman  verbal and physical attack on TV 24 cameraman Ivan Kamcev TV 24 Yes Link to post
27.06.2023 Verbal attack Skopje public threats and hate speech towards all journalists and media workers and towards the journalist Ognen Janevski TV 24 Yes Link to post

CASES OF VIOLATION OF JOURNALISTS ‘RIGHTS 2022

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
08.08.2022 Illegal detention against one’s will Skopje Employees of the Directorate of Communal Hygiene Skopje, against the will of two journalists, kept them in the premises of the institution. Furkan Saliu, Avni Tahiri TV KLAN Employees in Communal Hygiene / Link to post
08.07.2022 Death threat Skopje The explicit death threat addressed to the journalist on the Twitter social network. Furkan Saliu TV KLAN Twitter account named “@narco_girl” / Link to post
03.06.2022 Verbal attack Skopje Verbal attack and abusive words towards the journalist when she was asked to answer a question Maja Jovanovska IRL.mk Sadredin Elezoski Yes Link to post
16.02.2022 Physical attack Gostivar Physical attack with an ax against journalist Nevri Ademi and cameraman Zbulim Maksuti Nevri Ademi TV Polog Burhan Hamiti Yes Link to post

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2021 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
17.10.2021 Threat to a journalist Tetovo Threats and insults to the journalist Xhumadije Ibraimi TV KLAN Macedonia Vulnet Murseli / Link to post
17.10.2021 Threat to a journalist Tetovo Threats and insults to the journalist Ferikan Iljazi Arifi Euronews Albania By a member of the election board as well as a representative of the Ministry of Interior Yes Link to post
17.10.2021 Threat to a journalist Kichevo Threats and insults to the journalist Salije Sadiku TV21 Fatmir Limani / Link to post
22.03.2021 Threats to life Tetovo Attack on media and threat to a journalists A group of journalists Without Censorship, TV 21, Gazeta Express, Tetova Sot, Koha TV, Koha News, Kumanova Sot, Shenja TV and Lajmi Press. Arben Esati Yes Link to post
26.02.2021 Attack on a journalistic team Skopje Attack on a journalist team while reporting on a protest and an attempt to seize equipment A group of journalists MIA By citizens Yes Link to post

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2020 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
09.09.2020 Physical assault Skopje An attack on the journalist Milka Smilevska Al Jazeera By a citizen Yes Link to post
29.07.2020 Threat to a journalists Skopje Online attacks and threats to the safety of journalists Xhabir Derala and Petrit Sarachini Civil media By a citizen Marjan Kamilovski Yes Link to post
04.07.2020 Threats and attacks on the journalist Skopje Online attacks and threats to the safety of journalists Miroslava Burns Free Press By a citizen Yes Link to post
24.07.2020 Physical assault Skopje Threats and attack on the journalist Ljupcho Zlatev Leader By a citizen Yes Link to post
11.07.2020 Verbal attack, Threats to life Skopje Threats and attack on the journalist Tanja Milevska MIA By a citizen No Link to post
28.05.2020 Threat to a journalists Kumanovo Other threat to a journalists Furkan Saliu and Ibrahim Mamuti TV Klan By a citizen No
05.05.2020 Threat to a journalist Skopje Other threat to a journalists Mishko Ivanov TV24 By a citizen Yes
29.03.2020 Verbal attack Skopje Attacks on the media or media organizations IRL journalists IRL.mk By citizens No
26.03.2020 Threats to life Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Gorazd Chomovski TV24 Stevcho Jakimovski Yes
31.01.2020 Threats to life Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Almedina Ismaili TV21 Neshat Ademi Yes
18.01.2020 Verbal attack Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Aneta Dodevska TV24 By a citizen No
13.01.2020 Verbal attack and threats Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Natasha Stojanovska TV Telma By a citizen No
12.01.2020 Verbal attack Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Iskra Koroveshovska TV Alpha Emil Jakimovski Yes The threatening person is detained
11.01.2020 Verbal attack Skopje Threats and insults to the journalist Meri Jordanovska A1on.mk Emil Jakimovski Yes The threatening person is detained

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2019 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
30.12.2019 Verbal attack Skopje Threat by an unknown perpetrator and intimidation by the person Zoran Azmanov. Maja Jovanovska IRL.mk Zoran Azmanov and unknown perpetrator Yes Link to post
16.04.2019 Verbal attack Skopje After the TV21 crew recorded a report regarding the complaints of the residents of the municipality of Arachinovo on the poor infrastructure, relatives of the mayor Milikije Halimi sent verbal threats to the TV crew that they would demolish their camera and demanded that the recordings be deleted. / TV21 / Yes The prosecution did not initiate a procedure.
21.01.2019 Verbal attack Skopje Businessman Zoran Azmanov sent verbal threat to a journalist Aco Kabranov Aco Kabranov 1TV Zoran Azmanov Yes
19.01.2019 Physical assault Skopje Members of the private security agency Nikob attacked journalist Mirjana Mirchevska Jovanovikj while she was reporting on the celebration of Epiphany in Skopje. Mirjana Mirchevska Jovanovikj KANAL5 TV Charges have been brought against the attacker. Yes Charges have been brought against the attacker.

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2018 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
17.06.2018 Detained journalist Skopje Infomaks journalist Borislav Stoilkovikj has been taken into police custody for allegedly refusing to identify himself and recording police officers’ faces. Borislav Stoilkovikj Infomaks
03.03.2018 Verbal attack and threat to life Skopje The president of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia received verbal threats from Bejtula Asani on his Facebook profile, after a post was published about his brother who attacked police officers. Naser Selmani Association of Journalists of Macedonia Bejtula Asani Yes President Naser Selmani reported the incident to the police, after which a large part of the international community publicly condemned it and asked the institutions fully to investigate it. In addition, non-governmental journalists’ organizations protested in front of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on Monday 12/03 after repeated threats.
26.01.2018 Physical assault Struga Thugs from the party Alliance for Albanians attacked journalist Armand Braho during a conference to which he was duly invited. Armand Braho Website strugalajm.org Unknown to AJM Yes

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2017 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
02.11.2017 Custody Skopje Parliamentary police detained TV 21 journalist Ibrahim Mahmuti and Kosovo-based photo reporter Blerim Uka during the sentencing for the Divo Naselje case. Ibrahim Mahmuti Unknown Custody Skopje Parliamentary police detained TV 21 journalist Ibrahim Mahmuti and Kosovo-based photo reporter Blerim Uka during the sentencing for the Divo Naselje case.
Unknown (first week of September 2017) Personal property destruction Negotino A sharp object damaged Viki Klincharova’s car. This event was preceded by threats against the journalist by a person with a criminal record. Viki Klincharova Fokus Unknown to AJM Reported
24.08.2017 Physical assault Skopje The journalist team of NOVA TV was attacked by a representative of the Civic Initiative who was collecting signatures against the construction of refugee camps in Macedonia. Sashka Cvetkovska and Trajche Antonovski NOVA TV Civic Initiative representatives Reported
26.07.2017 Verbal attack Novo Selo Verbal attack and inappropriate behavior of the mayor of the municipality of Novo Selo Blazho Velkov and the councilor from VMRO-DPMNE Bozhin Jovanov towards the journalist team from TV Kanal VIS from Strumica. Stojne Miteva and the camera operator Kire Pilichev were insulted with the ugliest words and prevented from reporting from the session of the Council of the Municipality of Novo Selo held yesterday, at which a referendum was called for or against the work of the Ilovica mine. Stojne Miteva and Kire Pilichev TV Kanal VIS Blazho Velkov (mayor of the municipality of Novo Selo) and Bozhin Jovanov (councilor from VMRO-DPMNE) Reported
18.07.2017 Threat to life Skopje Threats from the supporters of the political party Democratic Union for integration to the crew of Shenja Television, who were prevented from reporting on utility problems in the Skopje municipality of Chair. Vulent Ismaili Television Shenja Supporters of the political party Democratic Union for integration Reported
07.06.2017 Verbal attack Shtip While photographing and filming a building under construction on public property, security guards verbally assaulted and insulted the journalist and camera operator, correspondents of 24 Vesti, asking them to leave the site, forbidding them to report on the construction of the building. Vladimir Tevchev 24 News Personal security Reported  

 

 

 

 

 

27.04.2017 Physical assault Skopje While reporting from the Parliament of R. Macedonia, Zorana Gadzovska Spasovska was attacked from behind by a protester, who physically attacked her and damaged her camera. Zorana Gadzovska Spasovska Radio Free Europe Protesters Reported
27.04.2017 Physical assault Skopje While standing outside the Parliament, Tome Angjeleski and his colleagues, all journalists, were intercepted by a group of protesters who, after recognizing the journalists, started throwing stones and hitting them with metal bars. Tome Andjeloski managed to escape and suffered minor injuries on his back and limbs. Tome Angjeleski and other colleagues  journalists Unknown to AJM Protesters Reported
27.04.2017 Physical assault While reporting from the Parliament of R. Macedonia, protesters in an attempt to take Stojanovska’s camera and physically attacked her and threw her and the camera on the ground in an attempt to destroy the photos and videos showing their participation in the incident. Natasha Stojanovska 24 News Protesters Reported
27.04.2017 Physical assault Skopje While reporting on the incident from the Parliament of R. Macedonia, Mrgja was attacked by protesters while reporting in one of the parliament’s rooms. She was hit in the head and sustained minor injuries. Dusica Mrgja 24 News Protesters Reported
27.04.2017 Physical assault Skopje Independent News Agency Makfax Camera operator was attacked by a mob that entered Parliament as part of the “For a Common Macedonia” protests. He suffered head injuries and had a concussion. Nikola Ordevski Makfax Protesters Reported
02.03.2017 Verbal attack Skopje The journalist was spat in the face by the attacker while having dinner in one of the Skopje restaurants, and the whole event was filmed by a second person, and then posted on YouTube. Borjan Jovanovski Nova TV VMRO-DPMNE activist Reported
01.03.2017 Threat to life Skopje Three people who accused him of being a traitor attacked the journalist in front of his home. The incident was recorded and posted on YouTube. Branko Trichkovski Journalist on social networks VMRO-DPMNE activists Reported
27.02.2017 Physical assault Skopje While reporting on the massive protests “For a Common Macedonia”, two journalists were attacked by unknown assailants because they were not from the pro-government media. They were hit several times in the head, resulting in physical injuries, after which they were taken to hospital and released for home treatment after 24 hours. Vladimir Zhelchevski and Aleksandar Todorov A1.on Protesters Reported
24.01.2017 Personal property destruction Prilep The journalist Zoran Milosheski garage was set on fire. Zoran Milosheski Publikum.mk Reported
04.01.2017 Verbal attack Berovo The journalist was insulted by the mayor of Berovo on his FB page Daniela Takeva Kanal 77 Dragi Nadzinski (Mayor of Berovo) Reported

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2016 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
20.11.2016 Physical assault Skopje Physical assault by an unknown person on journalist Belovski in front of the Ministry of Interior while reporting on the inspection of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office in the security department. Pavle Belovski TV Telma Unknown to AJM Reported
16.10.2016 Private property destruction Shtip The journalist physically was removed a police officer from the Bregalnica stadium and thus prevented him from reporting on the football match. After this red colour was thrown to his house by an unknown person Kiro Freelancer Unknown to AJM Reported
16.09.2016 Private property destruction Skopje A1on and TV21 journalists were attacked and were not allowed to film footage from the flood near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the R. Macedonia. Vladimir Zelcheski and Aleksandar  Todeski A1on and TV21 Unknown to AJM Reported
16.08.2016 Personal property destruction Skopje Unidentified persons who left the SDSM building verbally attacked journalists from the daily newspaper. Additionally, one of the journalist’s phone was confiscated and knocked thrown on the ground. Journalists Unknown to AJM Republic Unknown to AJM Reported
17.06.2016 Personal property destruction Skopje Two members of the security of the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski entered the yard of Television 21 and deleted recordings from the official mobile phone of the journalist Kristijan Landov who had previously filmed the former Prime Minister Gruevski passing on Street Makedonija Kristijan Landov TV21 Members of the security of the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski Reported
09.05.2016 Physical assault Skopje The journalist Vanja Michevska from the national radio Kanal 77 was physically prevented from following the gathering of the Civil Movement for Defence of Macedonia (CMDM). Michevska was prevented by some of the participants at the gathering to  take photos and preventing the event. Vanja Michevska Kanal77 Protesters Reported The event took place in the presence of the police who Not only did not protect the journalist, but asked her to leave the rally
2.04.2016 Physical assault Bitola While reporting on the protests against Mayor Taleski the journalist and photo reporter Petar Stavrev from Bitola was physically assaulted by Kire B. The journalist was physically assaulted and the police intervened. Petar Stavrev TV Mega Kire B. Reported
21.04.2016 Physical assault Bitola Participants in the opposition protest in front of the municipality of Bitola attacked the camera operator from Mega TV Bitola, Vladimir Boshkovski. The camera operator was pushed and insulted and ordered to stop filming, Vladimir Boshkovski TV Mega Protesters Reported
17.04.2016 Personal property destruction Skopje A group of citizens at the anti-government protest demolished the offices of Radio Free Macedonia (RFM) in Skopje, Radio Free Macedonia Radio Free Macedonia Unknown to AJM Reported
14.04.2016 Prohibition to enter the RM Deve Bair Three journalists from the Bulgarian newspaper “24 Hours” were barred from entering the Deve Bair border crossing. Three foreign journalists (Unknown to AJM) “24 Hours” from Bulgaria Members of the border police Reported
13.04.2016 Physical assault Skopje A group of journalists and photojournalists physically assaulted by police as they followed a protest against the abolition decision in front of the office of President Gjorge Ivanov. The journalist Goran Naumovski from the portal Plusinfo was hit in the head with a baton and lost consciousness while the photo reporters Ognen Teofilovski from Vest, Nakje Batev from Vecer and Borche Popovski from Sloboden Pechat and Tome Georgiev from Focus were attacked despite being properly labeled as professional journalists, Goran Naumovski, Ognen Teofilovski, Borche Popovski, Tome Georgiev, Nakje Batev, Plusinfo, Vest, Vecer, Sloboden Pechat, Focus Members of the Ministry of Interior Reported
04.04.2016 Personal property destruction Berovo The journalist Jane Mamuchevski from the portal Maleshevski Vesnik, by order of the mayor Dragi Nadzinski was expelled from the session of the council of Berovo. The journalist Mamuchevski claims that his private vehicle was damaged for the same reasons. Jane Mamuchevski Maleshevski Vesnik Dragi Nadzinski (Mayor of Municipality  Berovo) Reported
14.03.2016 Prohibition to attend a session of a public event Skopje The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia, without any explanation, forbade the journalists to attend the session at which the constitutionality of the Law on Pardon was assessed. According to the Rules of Procedure of the Constitutional Court, sessions can be closed to the public if required by the interests of the security and defence of the country, the protection of the state, official or state secret, protection of public moral. Group of journalists (Unknown to AJM) Unknown to AJM Judge from the Administrative Court of the Republic of Macedonia Reported
06.03.2016 Threat to life Skopje The editor of the cable national television “TV Shenja” Muhamed Zekiri received verbal threats from representatives of the ruling party Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Muhamed Zekiri TV Shenja Representatives of the political party Democratic Union for Integration Reported

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2015 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
20.07.2015 Physical assault Skopje The owner of the portal “Dokaz” Marjan Stamenkovski was brutally beaten in front of a coffee bar in Skopje. He received serious head injuries and a broken nose. After treatment at the local hospital, he reported the case to the Centar police station. Marjan Stamenkovski Internet portal Dokaz Unknown to AJM Reported
15.07.2015 Physical assault Skopje Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Peshevski physically attacked the editor-in-chief of the Maktel web portal, Sashe Ivanovski-Politiko, as he approached and asked him questions about the Przhino Agreement. The attack was recorded on video. Sashe Ivanovski-Politiko Internet portal Maktel.mk Vladimir Peshevski (Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia) Reported
11.07.2015 Personal property destruction Ohrid Members of the security of the Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavrevski, forcibly took the camera from the journalist Sashe Ivanovski-Politiko and deleted all photos and videos of Stavrevski and the former Minister of Interior, Gordana Jankulovska. The incident happened during the opening of the Ohrid Summer festival. Sashe Ivanovski-Politiko Internet portal Maktel.mk Members of the security of the Minister of Finance Reported
23.05.2015 Physical assault Skopje Physical assault on the journalist Sashe Ivanoski by inflicting heavy bodily injuries by unknown persons in front of his home Sashe Ivanovski-Politiko Internet portal Maktel.mk Unknown to AJM Reported
17.05.2015 Threat to life Skopje Verbal threats to life of the journalist, Naser Selmani by the Minister of Economy Bekim Neziri Naser Selmani AJM President Bekim Neziri (Minister of Economy) Reported
14.05.2015 Personal property destruction Skopje Arson of a private vehicle of the journalist Branko Trichkovski in front of his home by unknown persons Branko Trichkovski Journalist on social networks Unknown to AJM Reported
07.05.2015 Physical assault Skopje Physical assault of the editor of Vecher, Ivona Taleska by unknown perpetrators near the square in Skopje Ivona Taleska Vecher Unknown to AJM Reported
06.05.2015 Physical assault Skopje Physical assault of the journalist Bojan Shashevski from the portal mkd.mk by members of the Ministry of Interior during a protest in front of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia Bojan Shashevski Internet portal mkd.mk Protesters Reported Two days after the incident, the journalist attempted to report the case to the Beko police station, but no report was made.
Personal property destruction Skopje Attack on the premises of the Republic and Radio Free Macedonia by unknown persons / participants in a protest in front of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia Premises of the Republic and Radio Free Macedonia Republic and Radio Free Macedonia Protesters Reported
21.04.2015 Threat to life Skopje Threats to life of the journalist Borjan Jovanovski and his family by an unknown person in front of his home Borjan Jovanovski Nova TV Unknown to AJM Reported
03.04.2015 Verbal attack Skopje Verbal threats against the editor of Netpress, Dejan Nikolovski by the leader of Dostoinstvo, Stojancho Angelov Dejan Nikolovski Netpress Stojancho Angelov (President of political party Dostoinstvo) Reported

Случаи на повреда на правата на новинарите - 2014 година

Date Type of incident Place Description Journalist’s  name and surname Medium Offender’s name and surname Reported to MoI Comment
09.11.2014 Verbal attack Skopje Verbal attack on the journalist of the daily newspaper Koha, Arben Zeqiri by the President of the Democratic Party of Albanians Menduh Thachi in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia Arben Zeqiri Koha Menduh Thachi (President of the Democratic Party of Albanians) Reported
25.08.2014 Personal property destruction Skopje Seizure of the phone of the journalist Dehran Muratov from TV Nova by members of the Ministry of Interior Dehran Muratov Nova TV Members of the Ministry of Interior Reported The case was not initially reported but after the AJM reaction it was reviewed by the Sector for Internal Control and it was determined that there is no evidence for it.
07.07.2014 Illegal custody Skopje Detention of the journalist Besim Ibrahimi from the newspaper Lajm Besim Ibrahimi Lajm Members of the Ministry of Interior Reported After documenting the event against Besim Ibrahimi, were filed criminal charges for the crime “Participation in a mob that will prevent an official from performing an official action” provided and punishable under Article 384 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Macedonia. The person is granted all the rights of a detained person and over him, no excessive physical force or means of coercion have been used. In 2015, the charges have been withdrawn.
07.2014 Physical assault Skopje Attack on journalist Isac Ramadani, Voice of America by protesters (the incident was filmed and broadcast on national television) Isac Ramadani Voice of America Protesters Reported The incident has been reported, the identity of the attacker has been established but there is still no information whether a procedure has been initiated and what the status of the case is.
22.05.2014 Personal property destruction Skopje Seizure of cameras and deletion of video materials from the journalists, Sashka Cvetkovska TV NOVA, Meri Moltevska Radio Free Europe and Meri Jordanovska Fokus, by members of the Ministry of Interior during the protests in Gjorce Petrov Sashka Cvetkovska, Meri Moltevska and Meri Jordanovska TV NOVA, Radio Free Europe and Fokus Members of the Ministry of Interior Reported From the conversations with all 34 police officers who participated in the police activities, it cannot be determined that someone was involved in the event at all, as stated in the complaint filed within the Sector for Internal Control, i.e., seizure and deletion of recorded video material and photos.