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CPJ and partners urge North Macedonian authorities to end harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu

CPJ and partners urge North Macedonian authorities to end harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu

A police officer holds journalist Furkan Saliu to the ground during a soccer match in Gorno Konjare, North Macedonia, April 7.

A police officer holds journalist Furkan Saliu to the ground during a soccer match in Gorno Konjare, North Macedonia, April 7.

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined calls urging North Macedonian authorities in a May 3 letter to end the continued harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu and his colleagues.

The letter, also signed by 10 other groups, including international and regional press freedom organizations, calls on Interior Minister Pance Toskovski to refrain from publicly commenting on Saliu’s case until that “an official investigation was carried out”, as his previous comments could have put it. “undue pressure on the police who are investigating the case. »

According to a CPJ report, Saliu was arrested about 45 kilometers northeast of the capital Skopje, shortly after filming police breaking up a fight between rival fans at a soccer match. Police claimed the journalist attacked them, which Saliu denied.

Authorities rejected a complaint filed against police by Saliu and local independent press freedom groups.

Read the full statement here.