SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — About 150 Macedonian journalists have held a protest outside a court in the capital, Skopje, over the pre-trial detention of a colleague accused of naming a protected prosecution witness in a murder trial.
Thursday's peaceful protest came a day after the court extended the detention of Tomislav Kezarovski for another month. Kezarovski has been held since the end of May, over a magazine article in 2008 that revealed the witness' identity.
He claims that publishing the witness' name caused no harm. Kezarovski has been on hunger strike for the past three days, demanding his release pending trial. In a statement on the case Thursday, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said it was "unacceptable" that a journalist should be detained for his reporting.