Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) said yesterday claim of Veran Matic that “nobody has requested” documentation, on missing and murdered journalists in Kosovo in the period from 1998 to 2005, from responsible institutions is not true, KIM Radio reported.
Speaking in talk-show Slobodno srpski earlier, Veran Matic mentioned talks between him and the OSCE Mission in Pristina on how to continue work on investigating murders of journalists in Kosovo.
Matic said he has agreed with OSCE “to create a process in the next couple of months and to investigate destiny of murdered and missing journalists within it as well as to try to collect documentation that no one asked for, and it has to exist in certain cases”.
UNS reminded Veran Matic, that this Association has launched an investigation of murdered and missing journalists in Kosovo three years ago. While intensively investigating this issue the UNS discovered new information, identified ways how investigations were impeded, pointed out shortcomings and posed numerous questions to those in charge.
The outcome of these efforts is a rise of opened investigations of murdered and kidnapped journalists in Pristina from 2 to 7.
UNS also reminded that the journalist Jelena L. Petkovic while investigating murders and kidnappings of journalists in Kosovo for years, requested documents from UNMIK, EULEX, OSCE and other respective institutions.
UNS added, it has published all these findings on its website in Serbian, Albanian and English languages, and these articles were reported in a vast number of media, both in Belgrade and Pristina.
UNS said it would continue to seek information from responsible authorities and insist on identifying and punishing those responsible for the murders and kidnapping of 7 Serbian and 7 Albanian journalists and media professionals. KIM Radio reported.