The Independent Association of Serbia's Journalists (NUNS) condemned on Friday new attacks on the KoSSev website by the authorities of the divided Mitrovica town in northern Kosovo, mostly populated by local Serbs, the Beta news agency reported.
NUNS said it would alert the international journalists' associations and organisations about the latest events.
It added that Aleksandar Spiric, the head of Mitrovica provisional institution, attacked the website over the live broadcast of a news conference on social networks. He also accused KoSSev of "dealing with political issues that suit Pristina's authorities, instead of with the topics related to the fight against the virus, thus spreading instability in the time of the pandemic."
"The lack of knowledge on the part of Mitrovica officials is worrying. News conferences are public events and can be aired live. The scaring thing is that unfounded and ill-intended accusation of journalists about the sabotage of the fight against the spreading of coronavirus and being Kosovo authorities' policy exponents are extremely dangerous and jeopardise the safety all KoSSev journalists and their families," NUNS said.
It added that "since the day one of their work" the KoSSev journalists and the editor Tatjana Lazarevic, have been living in emergency circumstances. They were targeted verbally and physically, including "an armed attack on their premises and burning their car, hacking of the website and direct targeting by politically powerful people."
"Unfortunately, even during the pandemic, they are not free from dangerous accusations only because of doing their job professionally and in the public interest," NUNS said.
It called on the authorities to "refrain from hasty reactions, unfounded claims, public accusations and dangerous statements that could jeopardise the safety of all journalists."