Reporters without Borders (RSF) and Civil – Center for Freedom strongly condemn the illegal wiretapping of journalists in the Republic of Macedonia and demand immediate measures to restore justice and the rule of law there. According to opposition leader Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian government illegally eavesdropped on some 100 journalists in order to cement control over the media.
CIVIL has presented My Voting Rights project in the GEM Club today, with participation of representatives of civil society, political parties, media, interested citizens, and the organization’s election observers.
CIVIL started the implementation of My Voting Rights project, which aims to raise awareness, to educate and mobilize citizens within elections processes, voting rights and democratic standards vs. electoral irregularities.
Over twenty thousand citizens of Macedonia were a subject to an unlawful communication surveillance, the opposition SDSM has reported at today’s press conference. The presented materials make it obvious that the authorities treat Macedonian citizens worse than criminals and terrorists, crossing all limits and legal restrictions of tracking communications. By doing this, the authorities have fully relativized the rule of law and seriously violated human rights and freedoms.
CIVIL – Center for Freedom expresses its surprise and resentment following the latest developments related to criminal charges and arrests within the police, political and media operation “Coup”, conducted by the Prime Minister and the police. This is yet another action conducted by the government that practices its power under, to put it mildly, extremely dubious excuses. Such are the excuses of the Prime Minister, who brought accusations and a verdict in the same time against the opposition, charging them for an attempted coup and cooperation with foreign secret services. Supported by his media lackeys and regular apologists of the government, fear and insecurity is being introduced, and the country is pushed into even more dramatic political and security crisis.
Civil continues with its struggle for justice and freedom for the journalist Tomislav Kezarovski. This is an almost two years long Golgotha for a journalist who has conscientiously, professionally and honestly doing his job and delivered the truth in public. His “sins” are the courage and professionalism – to expose the dirty games of the power structures and the institutions.
More than symptomatic is that his spectacular arrest was based on charges about an article written in 2008, whilst being in the midst of an investigation on the suspicious death of the owner and editor of the weekly Fokus, Nikola Mladenov. The article upon which Kezarovski is arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned is about a supposedly protected witness, whose status in the verdict is mysteriously changed into an endangered witness, while being none of both.