Association of Journalists: Journalists in Kosovo are threatened and unprotected

Association of Journalists: Journalists in Kosovo are threatened and unprotected

Pristina, 3 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

On the World Day for the Freedom of Press, Association of Journalists of Kosovo has expressed its concern about the fact that journalists in Kosovo are facing great pressure while exerting their profession.

“In 2014 and 2015, the Association of Journalists has reported 27 and 24 cases of attacks, threats, pressure, insults and obstruction in the work of journalists, which shows a growing number compared to cases reported before”, the press release of this association states.

Based on international reports for the freedom of media, Kosovo continues to remain a country with partial freedom of speech and an unfavorable atmosphere to exert the profession of journalism.

Given this situation, the Association of Journalists demands from the institutions of Kosovo to apply the necessary legal mechanisms to protect journalists and create the necessary atmosphere for the freedom of speech.

The Association also says that journalists are also denied basic rights at work.

According to statistics, out of 400 members of the Association of Journalists, 30% work without work contracts and are not paid a decent salary for the work that they do. /balkaneu.com/