On May 1, 2019, in front of the entrance of the shopping center “Skopje City Mall” cameraman and journalist from Alfa TV were severely obstructed in performing their tasks. Members of the private security agency “OSA” approached the cameraman and the journalist on the pavement in front of the shopping center Skopje City Mall and ordered not to film there and leave the area.
After Alfa TV reported this case to the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, we contacted the managers of this agency. They promised to investigate the event and take measures towards the persons from their agency who eventually exceeded their powers. Additionally, they apologized to the cameraman and the journalist if they have in any way obstructed their work.
AJM will submit a request for a full investigation of this case to the Chamber of Private Security Agencies of the Republic of North Macedonia in order to solve this incident. It is necessary to know that members of private security agencies must not limit the work of cameramen and journalists, especially when they do their work in public spaces.