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Islamists threaten to behead Kosovar journalist Visar Duriqi

September 04, 2014, 9:00 UTC+3
In particular, Visar Duriqi wrote about extremist groups in Kosovo and the recruitment of volunteers for participating in armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq
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BELGRAD, September 3. /ITAR-TASS/. Kosovar journalist Visar Duriqi, a specialist in topics related to Islam, reported about threats from religious fundamentalists.

In an interview with AFP news agency, he revealed that Islamic radicals called him a renegade and threatened to behead him, as it happened with American journalists in Iraq.

In particular, Visar Duriqi wrote about extremist groups in Kosovo and the recruitment of volunteers for participating in armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq. According to the reporter, he received multiple threats, including via social networks, and does not feel safe.

In this regard, the Reporters Without Borders organization has published a message on its website on Wednesday, expressing the extreme concern over Duriqi’s fate and urging the Kosovar authorities to provide him with protection.

“Duriqi’s plight is extremely worrying and the threats should be taken seriously,” the organization’s Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said.

“The government must provide him with police protection. (…) An investigation must be carried out to identify those responsible for this unacceptable behavior and the courts must deal firmly with them.”

According to a rating of Reporters Without Borders, in 2014, the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo ranks 80 out of 180 states in the world in terms of media freedom.

September 2, a video footage emerged in the internet showing militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executing American journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013 in Libya. About two weeks ago, the militants posted a video of the execution of another American journalist, James Foley, who was covering conflicts on Libya and Syria. Earlier on Wednesday, the White House confirmed the authenticity of the video footage showing Sotloff’s execution.

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