World Bulletin/News Desk
A court in Macedonia sentenced journalist of Nova Makedonija Tomislav Kezarovski to four and a half years in prison for his story published in 2008. According to this decision, the journalist discovered identity of the protected witness in the case of a murder which was committed near Veles, AA reports.
Kezerovski was in detention since May this year.
The Journalists’ Association of Macedonia, the Independent Journalists’ Trade Union, the Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, along side a number of international organisations, expressed their shock and dismay over the sentence describing it as a blow against the freedom of the media.
The European Federation of Journalists, EFJ, also condemned the judgment calling it “utterly unacceptable and appalling.”
“The court passed an extremely harsh sentence,” Reporters Without Borders said.
“By prosecuting Kezarovski five years after these articles were published, the judicial authorities act with a zeal that was both incomprehensible and disturbing."
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, also expressed deep concern.
"Criminal prosecution of reporters for their journalistic activities violates the fundamental human right to free expression and the country’s OSCE commitments to develop and protect free media,” Mijatovic said.
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