Skopje, 11 July 2020 (MIA) – The Association of Journalists (ZNM), the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) and the Council of Media Ethics (SEMM) strongly condemn hate speech and death threats posted on Twitter against MIA’s correspondent Tanja Milevska.
They demand the institutions react quickly and closely follow similar attacks all the while urging the parties to publicly condemn attacks and to support the efforts of journalists to ensure freedom of speech and protection of media workers.
“As journalists’ organizations we point out the fact that hate speech and direct threats are covered under the Criminal Code and it is the duty of the institutions – primarily the Interior Ministry and the Public Prosecutor’s Office – to investigate them. We note that the safety of journalists and the right to free speech go hand in hand alongside the democratic principles of a country. Such public discourse in which journalists are being blatantly attacked, including direct death treats, must not be allowed in a democratic society,” the organizations say in a statement.
According to them, the fact that election campaign is under way in the country makes it evident that the political parties should also be urged to act since being ‘direct generators of this dangerous trend.’