Translation provided by KoSSev
The Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS) and the UNS in Kosovo called for collegial solidarity between journalists and media outlets reporting in Serbian and Albanian, demanding for the prosecutor in Kosovska Mitrovica to drop the prosecution of the editor of KoSSev portal, Tatjana Lazarevic.
UNS and UNS in Kosovo pointed out that this is the first time a journalist has been arrested and taken to a police station during a pandemic for reporting during curfew, and now faces criminal proceedings, even though there is a clear decision by the Pristina authorities to allow journalists to work in the field throughout the day.
UNS and the UNS in Kosovo reminded that under the decision of the Pristina authorities Kosovo journalists are exempt from the curfew measure if they are reporting from the field on the situation regarding the coronavirus crisis.
UNS and UNS in Kosovo are concerned over the publication of obviously police photographs of the process of identification and detainment of Tatjana Lazarevic, as well as comments by public figures justifying the police process, while at the same time remaining silent about the fact that journalists are allowed to move and report during the curfew.
UNS and UNS in Kosovo are calling on the Kosovo Police Inspectorate to determine if police officers violated their authority by detaining Tatjana Lazarevic, who showed them her press ID.
UNS and the UNS in Kosovo express solidarity with Tatjana Lazarevic and seek the support of international news organizations to urgently suspend the prosecution of Lazarevic.
Preuzimanje i objavljivanje tekstova sa portala KoSSev nije dozvoljeno bez navođenja izvora. Hvala na poštovanju etike novinarske profesije.