Dangerous Judicial Ruling Against OCCRP Member Center in North Macedonia Erodes Protection for Independent Media

November 10, 2023 - A civil court in Skopje, North Macedonia has ruled against OCCRP member center Investigative Reporting Lab (IRL) and its editor in chief, Saska Cvetkovska, in a defamation case brought by businessman Kocho Angjushev. The court ordered IRL and Cvetkovska to pay €1 in damages, as well as both sides' legal costs.

IRL Editor-in-Chief Saska Cvetkovska gives a statementIRL Editor-in-Chief Saska Cvetkovska (center) gives a statement in front of the court after the ruling. She is accompanied by representatives of press freedom media organizations and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia. Photo: Аssociation of Journalists of Macedonia.

Indian Journalists Targeted with State Intimidation and Spyware

Since OCCRP published an investigation in August that uncovered potentially controversial shareholders in India’s third-largest conglomerate, reporters who worked on the story have been targeted with state intimidation and surveillance attempts.

OCCRP partner journalistsOCCRP partner journalists Ravi Nair and Anand Mangnale.