VIENNA, 12 July 2012 - Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, today deplored the physical assault against Halil Matoshi, a columnist with the daily Koha Ditore in Pristina.
Matoshi was attacked on the evening of 10 July by three unidentified men when leaving a cultural event in Pristina. Matoshi managed to escape and was later treated in a hospital. The journalist is known for his investigative reporting and criticism against politicians and public officials.
“This attack could have proved fatal to the journalist. I am glad that Halil Matoshi managed to fend off his assailants,” Mijatović said. “Violence against journalists is an attack against free expression and the society as a whole, and I strongly condemn all such acts.”