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November 30, 2015

Norway : Protect journalist Genci Angjellari!

type: Petition, Protest
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

Genci Angjellari is an investigative journalist. In November 2014 he was exploring alleged links between the Albanian mafia, business and politicians when two men on a motorbike attacked him. They punched him, held a knife to his throat and told him to stop his work. Days later the family fled to Norway.

The couple have been in Norway with their young daughter for nearly a year, going through the asylum process. But despite the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board finding the family’s account credible, it has ruled that the family can safely be returned to Albania and seek police protection there – police protection that they have already asked for and been denied.

Their application was rejected by the Norwegian authorities. While they can appeal the decision, the Norwegian authorities do not have to wait until this is processed before implementing a deportation order. This means that the family are at serious risk of being forced back into a dangerous situation. Any day now they could be deported to Albania where they face intimidation, harassment or even death.

Genci Angjellari is not alone – investigative journalists in Albania are regularly threatened as a result of their work. Send a message to the Norwegian giverment via Amnesty International and plea against the deportation of Genci Angjellari!