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Attack on Online Editor in Kosovo Condemned

After the editor of the Pristina-based online newspaper Insajderi, Vehbi Kajtazi, was attacked in a bar on Friday, both the country's PM and media unions condemned the incident strongly.

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Vehbi Kajtazi after the attack | Photo: Insajderi 

Kosovo's Prime Minister and media associations have condemned the assault on Vehbi Kajtazi, editor-in-chief of the Pristina-based online newspaper Insajderi, who was attacked in a bar in the centre of the city on Friday afternoon.

Pristina police spokeswoman Florie Ahmeti-Haziraj told BIRN that the attack was being investigated. "At around 14.30, a case was opened into a physical attack in the centre of the city. Police units have reached the scene and are investigating," Ahmeti- Haziraj said.

Insajderi reported that after police interrogated some people sitting near Kajtazi's assailant, they had taken a suspect named Faton Ramadani to the police station.

According to Insajderi, Ramadani is a friend of Initiative for Kosovo [NISMA] MP Milaim Zeka. Insajderi has recently published articles claiming Zeka had deceived people over employment visas in Germany.

The Association of Kosovo Journalists, AGK condemned the attack and called on the relevant institutions to investigate the case as soon as possible. "Kajtazi has been the target of ongoing attacks and threats in the past. Unfortunately, some of these cases have not yet been resolved, so we expect independent investigations and a rapid conclusion,” the Association said.

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj also condemned the attack. “We condemn such acts, not only against Vehbi Kajtazi but against any journalist,” he said.

According to the AGK, the number of cases of violence against journalists this year has risen. On August 16, the director of Insider online newspaper, Parim Olluri, was the victim of a similar attack.

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