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Firearm attack against RTV 21 team, Leposaviq, 02.06.2023

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) has received news with concern that the team of RTV 21 has been followed by masked individuals in Leposaviq.

Journalist Venhar Isufi, along with camera operator Olti Pacolli, were initially hindered while performing their professional duties. According to Isufi, they were threatened and asked to leave the scene.

"We were prevented from filming the negotiations between the former mayor of Leposaviq, Zoran Todiq, and KFOR officials," he stated.

"We attempted to approach and record what was happening, and we were threatened by the same individuals, who told us to leave and not use our cameras. After 15 minutes, we started following the event, and a masked person with a firearm appeared and remained there."

According to the RTV 21 team, this incident has also been reported to the Kosovo Police.

For AJK, the security of the teams reporting from the northern part of the country remains concerning, and they call on the Kosovo Police, KFOR, and EULEX to create better conditions for them.




Reporter Details Firearm attack against RTV 21 team, Leposaviq, 02.06.2023
Case description The Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) has received news with concern that the team of RTV 21 has been followed by masked individuals in Leposaviq. Journalist Venhar Isufi, along with camera operator Olti Pacolli, were initially hindered while performing their professional duties. According to Isufi, they were threatened and asked to leave the scene. "We were prevented from filming the negotiations between the former mayor of Leposaviq, Zoran Todiq, and KFOR officials," he stated. "We attempted to approach and record what was happening, and we were threatened by the same individuals, who told us to leave and not use our cameras. After 15 minutes, we started following the event, and a masked person with a firearm appeared and remained there." According to the RTV 21 team, this incident has also been reported to the Kosovo Police.
State Kosovo
Name and Surname Venhar Isufi dhe Olti Pacolli.
Gender Group
Date 2.6.2023
City Leposaviq
Type of Incident Threats against the lives and lims of journalists
From who To journalists by citizens
The Offender / Suspect
Type of media Radio and Television
Media Name RTV 21
Source RTV 21
Public Prosecutor
Judiciary
Judiciary Status
Legal Closure
Has the Journalist Association been notified? Yes
Has the incident been reported to the authorities?
Has the incident been reported to the XXX?
Associations Respond For AJK, the security of the teams reporting from the northern part of the country remains concerning, and they call on the Kosovo Police, KFOR, and EULEX to create better conditions for them.
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