Dragan Sekulovski, Executive Director of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia, spoke at today’s round table “Is there freedom in Macedonia” about the violence and attacks on journalists.
“This is a topic that the AJM is treating with special interest and in Macedonia, unfortunately, there is still a register of over 55 attacks on journalists, of which 18 occurred just last year. Of those 55, if you divide them in categories, most of them are physical attacks on journalists, then you have destruction of their property, verbal attacks, threats against the lives of journalists and against members of their families, along with harsh insults expressed by public figures”, stated Sekulovski.
He stressed that the AJM is intensively trying to raise awareness primarily among the citizens that an attack on a journalist basically means an attack on the democracy of a country.
“Here in Macedonia, unfortunately, there is still no final court resolution for those 55 registered cases, which refer to the last four years,”, said Sekulovski. He then made a comparison with Croatia, where recently a prison sentence was imposed for an attack on a journalist.
The round table was organized by CIVIL – Center for freedom, as a concluding event at which the findings and recommendations resulting from the five-month project “From understanding to defense” were presented.
This project is financed by the European Union through the small grants program “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”, implemented by the Croatian Journalists Association, as part of the regional project “Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety”, implemented through a partnership of six regional journalist associations – Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina Journalists, Croatian Journalists’ Association, Association of Journalists of Kosovo, Association of Journalists of Macedonia and the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro.
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