The Association of Serbian Journalists (UNS) protested today against the fact that KFOR soldiers used force against Serbian reporters in the north, whom are already working under difficult conditions in order to perform their professional journalistic tasks.
In a statement, UNS stated that “members of KFOR on Tuesday at about 16 hours in Jagnjenica from a distance of 20 meters fired rubber bullets into the group of a dozen Serbian reporters and cameramen, though it was clear they were reporters on official duty “.
According to UNS, it was immediately after KFOR fired tear gas cartridges on local Serbs who were constructing a new barricade in Jagnjenica. “As soon as the situation cleared up, a group of journalists that included reporters of daily newspapers ‘Press’ and ‘Kurir’, and several Belgrade television cameramen, approached to record a new barricade,” said the UNS and at that time KFOR soldiers shot them with rubber bullets without any warning.
None of the journalists were hurt, the statement said, adding that two Serbian local civilians were affected who were fleeing along with journalists. UNS said that KFOR used unnecessary and disproportionate force against journalists and said that it will seek the help of international organizations to protect journalists because KFOR is endangering their lives.
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