Kosovo journalist stabbed by 'unhappy' subject

PRISTINA (AFP) - A Kosovo journalist was stabbed at his desk on Monday by a man apparently unhappy with the way he had been portrayed in a report, police said.

Milot Hasimja was attacked at the private Klan Kosova television headquarters in Pristina, a police spokesman said.

"The attacker was immediately arrested," spokesman Baki Kelani added.

The channel's editor-in-chief Gazmend Syla told reporters that the journalist was at his desk when the attacker entered his office and stabbed him in the neck.

Local media reported that the attacker was allowed to enter the office after he had asked to talk to Hasimja, apparently unhappy with a feature the journalist did on him.

Hasimja was hospitalised with three stab wounds but his life is not in danger, a hospital said.

Both Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and the Kosovo journalists' association strongly condemned the attack.

"Such acts are unacceptable and intolerable since they seriously jeapordise freedom of expression and opinion... one of the most precious values of society and the state that we are building," a statement from Thaci's office said.

The journalists' association said that "attacks against journalists are disturbing and should not be tolerated."

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