SRSG Zahir Tanin Calls for Ensuring a Safe and Enabling Environment for Journalists in Kosovo

25 February 2021 - Following recent incidents impacting the safety of journalists and media freedom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK, Zahir Tanin, recalls the importance of ensuring a safe and conducive environment that enables journalists from all communities to effectively investigate and report on issues affecting Kosovo, as befits a pluralistic and democratic society.

In this regard, SRSG Tanin deplores attacks and intimidation against journalists as well as the restriction of their freedom of movement. Such incidents create an environment of fear and self-censorship that deprives people in Kosovo of their right to know. Journalism plays a critical function by fostering accountability and access to information in the fight against crime and corruption. SRSG Tanin, therefore, calls on Kosovo authorities to promptly investigate attacks and threats against journalists and encourages them to renew their efforts to ensure the unrestricted exercise of the freedom of the media and of the right to information.

For more information please contact:
Ms. Sanam Dolatshahi, Spokesperson, UNMIK
Phone: +38344151816