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Attack On Macedonian Journalist Condemned

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has joined media organizations in condemning an attack on a Macedonian journalist who has been critical of the government.

Sase Ivanovski, the owner of the online news portal Maktel, was attacked by two unidentified people on May 22, sustaining injuries to his head and back that required medical treatment.

Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, condemned the incident on May 23, saying it is one of a string of attacks and threats against journalists in recent months.

Mijatovic called on Macedonian officials to conduct a complete investigation into the incident.

Local media organizations say such attacks often result in the culprits not being detained.

Macedonia has been stuck in a political crisis as Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been trading accusations with opposition leader Zoran Zaev over a wiretap scandal that apparently shows corruption within the government.

Based on reporting by AP