26 May 2010

Authorities ignore broadcaster's call for violence against journalists

A popular Macedonian broadcaster caused waves across the country when it issued a list of targeted journalists, accusing them of being traitors and calling for their "liquidation", reports the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). What's worse is that the Macedonian authorities failed to intervene, says EFJ.

The controversy erupted after Milenko Nedelkovski, a television presenter on Kanal 5, issued a list of "traitor" journalists two weeks ago and openly called for their physical elimination. Nedelkovski said some journalists should be liquidated because they do not share his opinions.

"If this was satire or comedy it would hardly be laughable, but this is a deadly serious call on people to commit violence against journalists," said EFJ. "The authorities have a duty of care and must act against such hate speech. Journalists must never incite acts of violence."

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), an IFJ affiliate, lodged an official complaint against Nedelkovski and asked the authorities to take all the necessary legal measures and to defend the physical, moral and professional integrity of the threatened journalists. But so far, there's been no action.

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