German MP Giorgos Chatzimarkakis
A new embarassment for Skopjan journalists occured this time at an event event plenary seminar taking place in the European Parliament that dealt with “Freedom of Speech and of the Media in the FYROM”. The event took place on September 20, 2011 and was co-organised by German Europarliamentarian Giorgos Chatzimarkakis and Slovenian Europarliamentarian Jelko Kacin of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe Party (ALDE).
Present during the specific forum was Erwan Fouere (the former representative of the EU in the FYROM), representatives of various European diplomatic missions and institutions, and journalists from the FYROM’s media. Just before the discussion began, three pro-government journalists from the FYROM, who had not been initially invited, caused turmoil at the event. They started yelling hysterically calling the event “anti-Macedonian” (sic) and “anti-democratic” – an increasingly common way in the FYROM to deal with differing opinions. Mr. Kacin asked them to stop the provocations and promised them that they could say what they wished after the end of the panel discussion. According to media reports, the approach of the three journalists was so negative and provocative that they were recommended to stop acting like… Taliban in the European Parliament!!!
The specific journalists didn’t comply with Mr. Kacin’s request and kept interrupting the discussion resulting in co-host MP Chatzimarkakis’s reminder that they were in violation of European Parliament regulations. When they didn’t stop yelling, he requested they leave the forum on their own will. The three Skopjan journalists insisted on not complying so Mr. Chatzimarkakis personally threw them out of the hall finally calling them “malakes” (Greek for “jerks” ).
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