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A television journalist in Kosovo was stabbed in his office by a man angered by how the reporter had portrayed in him in a news feature.

Milot Hasimja of Klan Kosova TV in the capital Pristina was at his desk Oct. 27 when the man entered the television station’s offices and stabbed Hasimja repeatedly in the neck, the South East Europe Media Organization said, citing local reports. The attacker, identified as Sovran Syla, was  detained by Hasimija’s co-workers and arrested by police.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci condemned the attack. “Such acts are intolerable because they jeopardize freedom of expression and opinion (…) one of the most precious values of the state and society we are building,” he said, in a statement published by the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders.

In a Facebook message Oct. 29, Hasimja said he had been released from the hospital and was recovering from the attack at home.

 

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