16 September 1997


Journalist taken in for questioning; camera of another confiscated

Incident details

Baton Haxhiu



(RSF/IFEX) - On 12 September 1997, three police officers entered
the office of the Albanian-language daily "Koha Ditore" in
Pristina and took journalist Baton Haxhiu to the police station
for questioning. Haxhiu was interrogated for two hours regarding
his meetings with foreign diplomats, politicians and students.
According to the newspaper's directors, the police wanted
information about how "Koha Ditore" was going to cover Albanian
student protests at the University of Pristina.

On the same day, two men in civilian clothing confiscated the
camera of reporter Fisnak Abrassi as he was taking pictures of
members of the Serbian Socialist Party who were visiting

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • protesting the arrest of Baton Haxhiu and the seizure of the
    camera of Fisnak Abrassi
  • calling on them to do everything to put an end to the harassment
    of journalists with "Koha Ditore"

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Slobodan Milosevic
    Republic of Serbia
    Fax: +381 11 656 862 / 682 167 / 682 850 / 636 775

    His Excellency Zoran Lilic
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax: +381 11 656 862 / 682 167

    Dragutin Brcin
    Federal Minister of Information
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax: +381 11 600 446

    Zoran Sokolovic
    Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
    Ministar Unutrasnjih Poslova Republike Srbije
    Kneza Milosa 101, 11000 Beograd, Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax: +381 11 683 041 / 685 937

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  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

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