Prosecutors say they start investigation into threats to N1 reporter

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Serbia’s Public Prosecutors’ Office told N1 that the Special Prosecutors for Hi-Tech crime launched a probe into the threats to N1 Kosovo correspondent Zana Cimili.

Cimili received severe menacing threats on social networks against her and her family’s physical integrity, the Beta news agency reported late on Thursday.

The person who made the threats said it had “a life’s desire to kill an Albanian, even an Albanian child,” adding it hoped “for a new war in Kosovo during which the Albanians will feel Serbian rage.”

N1 sharply condemns this outrageous hate speech and risk to the N1 reporter who does her job professionally and responsibly.

The threats to Zana Cimili, as to other N1 journalists are not only threats to individual reporters but also the freedom of speech and media as a fundamental democratic right.

N1 said it expected the police and respective prosecutors’ offices in Belgrade and Pristina to investigate as soon as possible who is behind these dangerous messages and where they come from.

Kosovo journalists, UNS condemn threats to N1 correspondent

The Association of Kosovo Journalists (ANK) condemned on Friday threats N1 reporter Zana Cimili received on social networks in Serbian, the Beta news agency reported.

ANK called for the dissociation with such a speech and “dangerous behaviour toward journalists.”

“All menace to them (journalists), especially a call for violence against women is unacceptable. ANK expects the relevant institutions to find out who is behind those threats immediately,” ANK’s statements said, adding that “an insufficient and belated reaction” caused such cases to happen more often.

The Association of Serbia’s Journalists (UNS) also condemned the threats to the N1 reporter and demanded an immediate investigation into the case.

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