The World Press Freedom Day has been marked today by about twenty media workers in front of the MISSING art installation, in front of the Culture Center Gracanica, reports KIM radio.
The media workers carried transcripts “Find Killers of Journalists”, “Arrest kidnapers of journalists”, “Impunity is killing freedom of expression”, but also photographs of murdered and abducted media workers in the period from 1998 to 2005.
President of the Association of Journalists of Kosovo and Metohija Budimir Nicic read the demands during a protest meeting.
“We demand that the Special War Crimes Chamber investigate the cases of murdered and missing journalists which are in their mandate, to treat them as special ones, the Pristina Prosecutor’s Office and EULEX to launch investigations into abductions and murders that are not in the mandate of the Special Court, and to regularly inform the public about it, the Prosecution and the Pristina court to investigate and prosecute all attacks on journalists and their property,” Nicic said.
The Society of Journalists of Kosovo and Metohija demands from Kosovo institutions to respect the Law on the Use of Languages and provide a translation during all events they organize, especially in the Assembly of Kosovo.
The protest in Gracanica was supported by Petrit Colaku from the Association of Journalists of Kosovo. He said that the Association supported the requests of the Association of Journalists of Kosovo and Metohija, reports KIM radio.
“We made it clear that these cases must be investigated. The guilty ones must be brought before a court. This apathy of the institutions in Pristina must end, they must be serious about the conduct of these investigations,” Colaku said.
On the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) by the action ”Five Minutes of Thunderous Silence” has announced the proclamation, in which calls “the Special War Crimes Prosecution Office to start with work and when in question are the fates of more than 40 journalists and media workers of Serbian editorial staff in the civil war in the former Yugoslavia during NATO aggression in 1999, as well as in Kosovo and Metohija from 1998 to 2005 “.