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Physical attack against camera operator, Bardh Bekteshi, Leposaviq, 16.06.2023

The media teams from Prishtina today were the target of yet another brutal attack while they were reporting from Leposaviq.

The PSB, RTK cameraman, Bardh Bekteshi, was physically attacked as seen in the disturbing footage that the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, received from his colleague who was present at the time of the attack. In addition to the physical attack, Bekteshi’s camera was also demolished.

In her statement for AJK, the journalist Venera Xhoxhaj confirmed that the protesters threw stones at the media teams, Tëvë1, RTV Dukagjini, RTK, Klan Kosova, and KTV.

"They were throwing stones at us, some colleagues while they were leaving, fell, while our cameraman, Bardh Bekteshi, was pushed, where he got knocked down and then physically attacked, causing him injuries in his head and body."

The Association of Journalists of Kosovo is urgently calling upon the Kosovo Police, and the international presence in this region, to provide security to journalists and cameramen who are reporting from there.

AJK strongly condemns this attack, at the same time announces that all of the attacks that took in the north of the country will be reported to the international organizations that deal with the safety of journalists and the freedom of the media.




Reporter Details Physical attack against camera operator, Bardh Bekteshi, Leposaviq, 16.06.2023
Case description The media teams from Prishtina today were the target of yet another brutal attack while they were reporting from Leposaviq. The PSB, RTK cameraman, Bardh Bekteshi, was physically attacked as seen in the disturbing footage that the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, received from his colleague who was present at the time of the attack. In addition to the physical attack, Bekteshi’s camera was also demolished. In her statement for AJK, the journalist Venera Xhoxhaj confirmed that the protesters threw stones at the media teams, Tëvë1, RTV Dukagjini, RTK, Klan Kosova, and KTV. "They were throwing stones at us, some colleagues while they were leaving, fell, while our cameraman, Bardh Bekteshi, was pushed, where he got knocked down and then physically attacked, causing him injuries in his head and body."
State Kosovo
Name and Surname Bardh Bekteshi
Gender Male
Date 16.6.2023
City Leposaviq
Type of Incident Actual attacks on journalists
From who To journalists by citizens
The Offender / Suspect
Type of media Radio and Television
Media Name RTK, Klan Kosova, KTV, Teve1
Source RTK
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 The Association of Journalists of Kosovo is urgently calling upon the Kosovo Police, and the international presence in this region, to provide security to journalists and cameramen who are reporting from there. AJK strongly condemns this attack, at the same time announces that all of the attacks that took in the north of the country will be reported to the international organizations that deal with the safety of journalists and the freedom of the media.
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