The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is highly concerned for the safety and working conditions of journalists in Macedonia following the ongoing inter-ethnic violent protests taking place in the capital city of Skopje.
The EFJ reminds the public, the protesters and the national authorities that journalists cannot be targeted, detained or harassed just for doing their jobs as they have the essential obligations of gathering, editing and commenting news. The EFJ recalls that the Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Journalists (Charter of Munich, 1971) states that « journalists claim free access to all information sources, and the right to freely inquire on all events conditioning public life. Therefore, secret of public or private affairs may be opposed only to journalists in exceptional cases and for clearly expressed motives ».
The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM), an EFJ affiliate, has quickly reacted against the detention of the intern journalist Besim Ibrahimi, working for the Albanian-language daily Lajm,, who on Saturday was arrested by the local police on suspicion of taking part in violent protests.
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