Belgium Embassy Deprives Press Freedom of Movement!

On Monday December 8th, 2014 I went to a scheduled appointment (11:00/h) in the Belgium embassy in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital city to apply for a Dutch Schengen Visa. After having...

On Monday December 8th, 2014 I went to a scheduled appointment (11:00/h) in the Belgium embassy in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital city to apply for a Dutch Schengen Visa. After having submitted my invitation letter from two News Media Companies, one of them from the Netherlands and the other one from Switzerland; International Press Accreditation; Booked hotel; Health insurance; Proven documents for my journalistic commitment, the Belgium Embassy Visa Section officer showed interested to see my old passport, apparently she was ‘assigned’ to cause me such troubles.

I was once refused a German Visa from the German Embassy in Pristina, which says (among others!) that my Kosovo Passport was a falsified (not true I verified it later!) document and that accordingly I pose a threat to the Schengen Zone, according to the germans; therefore they refused to stamp a visa on my passport.

However, three days after being refused from the germans, I obtained a Hungarian Schengen Visa, and later I obtained a one year French Visa on my passport, today Mrs Maryline Glineur from the Belgium embassy (Visa Section) showed another rule as she said “because you have a refused application (on the 30th of July 2013) we have to send your application to be reviewed in Brussels and that usually takes two months to answer”.

Vedat_Xhymshiti_free_press_fear_I argued with Mrs Glineur that she is referring to an invalided document, which is my invalided old Kosovo passport. She however, refused to proceed my application for earlier than “at least two months”, which apparently she attempted to deprive me from my already scheduled appointment with chief editors of foreign news desks in Netherlands and Switzerland (documents available upon request!), which consist of my planning journalistic assignments into the war zones and further expanding my investigations that subjects organisations linked with the EU missions.

When I demanded from her to give me a documented answer to my question weather she can refer to an invalided document, she subsequently refused to do so, by additionally saying to me “you must send me an e-mail” as refusing to recognise my physical presence at the embassy. She insisted that it is a rule for all embassies and that is impossible to obtain another visa without having Brussels review over it, but when I told and asked her to see my two other visas (stamped on my passport), which I obtained immediately after the German embassy ‘ridiculous refusal, she refused to take it into consideration.

It appears that she was literarily assigned to create such ‘renewed’ rules and deprive my freedom of movement as journalist, due to my professional long-standing conflict. The Embassy returned (refused) my application due to my complaint that I cannot wait for two months an answer that can potentially ‘lock-me-in-Kosovo’ (as without a passport I cannot bypass any kind of border; except Albania!).

This act of the Belgian embassy is in complete contradiction with Article 2 of Protocol number 4, of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, securing the rights and freedoms other than those included in the Convention of First Protocol set and freedom of movement for journalists, which is into force ever since on 16-IX-1963.

Since the whole world seen and witnessed that Kosovo’s public administration is immersed in organised crime and rife corruption with backup of some of foreign embassies and EU Mission Rule of Law, which suddenly appeared to have been turned into a Mission that Rule the Crime, I am not surprised from such misbehave and attempt of the ‘alleged organised crime network’ guardians to safeguard the thugs, which appears to have been installed into the country’s public, private and foreign administrations.

Therefore, I demand from the Kosovo Journalists Association, EFJ/IFJ, SEEMO and RSF to stand up and react against this ridiculous subsequent commitment of the violations of the freedom of movement of those journalists who doesn’t obey the crime, but the law.

It appears that my Journalistic article ‘Foreign Diplomacy and Organised Crime in Kosovo‘ — to be ‘a stick on the eye of some of the Foreign Embassies’ in Pristina, and further my interested commitment to reveal the further (EULEX rife corruption alleged involvement) findings after its British Prosecutor Maria Bamieh — revealed organised crime network established into the EU Mission Rule of Law (Crime!) —EULEX— in Kosovo.

I have been subsequently followed by foreign unknown individuals and I have been asked to meet the ‘someone’ or otherwise it wouldn’t go so well with me and my journalistic career, as it happened that on the eve—midnight of November 8th, 2014, unknown individuals intimidated me and my family, as it is well known from the RSF, Amnesty International and Kosovo Journalists Association.

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In the video below, it is clear how safe is Kosovo for the ground journalistic investigations, when the organised crime instalment thanks to some ’embassies’ backup takeover the country’s police organisation.

 

 

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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