Yesterday, a journalist team of M Net TV was hindered in the field and prevented from performing their work tasks, i.e., recording a traffic accident near Shtip, near Star Karaorman, by person – a participant in the traffic accident.
AJM got in direct contact with the media M Net TV employees where they indicated that they were forced to call the police; the officers were extremely fast and correct, the person was removed, and their work was enabled. Colleagues have submitted a report to the Ministry of the Interior for this case.
This attitude towards journalists and cameramen on a work assignment in the field is unacceptable and should be sanctioned by the Ministry of Internal Affairs because violence against media workers is unacceptable in democratic countries.
We remind you that if such incidents are tolerated in the future, there is a risk of encouraging new, more serious violence against journalists, further jeopardizing their safety, the right to freedom of expression, and the right to citizens’ information.
AJM offered free legal assistance, and the case will be followed up, as well as the measures expected to be taken by the Ministry of Interior.