Kosovo replies to the demand made by Turkish authorities on the case of journalist Berat Buzhala

Kosovo replies to the demand made by Turkish authorities on the case of journalist Berat Buzhala

Pristina, 27 June 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Authorities in Kosovo have replied to the demand made by Turkish diplomacy on the investigation and arrest of the journalist from Kosovo, Berat Buzhala.

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj declared that the verbal note sent by the Turkish Embassy in Pristina “is uncommon and unacceptable”.

Minister Hoxhaj said that Kosovo respects the freedom of speech, freedom of press and thought and considered the article published by journalist Berat Buzhala as having “sarcastic content without political aims”.

He said that Kosovo “is a small state which needs to preserve the prestige, pride and international credibility, defend the interests of its citizens and preserve good relations with partner countries”.

Attorney General, Aleksander Lumezi says that he hasn’t identified any elements of felony in the article published by journalist Berat Buzhala against president Recep Tayip Erdogan.

“We will carry out all necessary procedures in line with the legislation in place and if we see any elements of felony, we will take action, but from what I have seen, I haven’t identified anything”, Lumezi said.

During the coup d’etat in Turkey, journalist Berat Buzhala has written messages of a sarcastic nature on Facebook.

Turkish embassy claims that in his message, Buzhala calls for the Albanians who had gone to Turkey for holidays, to join the organizers of the coup. /balkaneu.com/