Skopje, 13 July 2020 (MIA) – The Government has condemned in the strongest possible terms the attacks using hate speech on MIA journalist Tanja Milevska or any journalist or citizen in general.
The Government stands firmly behind the freedom of speech and free journalism, and has zero tolerance to intimidation and threats directed at journalists.
“Safe reporting and freedom of thought, speech and action in media has been our essential and long-standing commitment. Gender-based violence is another equally important problem in society that we should jointly oppose and fight against, the Government said in a press release.
It calls on the Ministry of Interior and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to take urgent action in addressing the brutal threats and gender-based calls for violence against the journalist.
Earlier in the day, the European Commission said attacks or threats against journalists are unacceptable and should be condemned. Journalists need to be able to do their job free of violence, harassment and intimidation.
“A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and in Europe’s DNA. Democracy cannot work without free and independent media and respect for freedom of expression is essential,” reads the EC statement.
The Commission expects the relevant authorities to ensure an effective follow-up of all instances of physical and verbal violence against journalists.