Journalist associations, non-governmental organizations and political parties from the country reacted on Prime Minister’s  Zoran Zaev statement on the case “Reket”. He said that “he will not allow a few criminals, one vain journalist and a faggot to overthrow the current government”.

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia demanded the Prime Minister immediately apologize to journalists. Primarily, to journalist Branko Geroski, if the statement was aimed at him.

“Such aggressive speech directed to the journalists can trigger violence towards our colleagues. It can threaten their security and limit the freedom of speech”, said AJM statement.

Geroski, on his behalf,  also made a statement for television “Alfa”. He said that after Zaev’s statement he became the target of attacks on social media. Attacks, he claims, are from SDSM internet sites.

“Anyone can see on my Facebook profile, this storm of aggression. It definitely upsets me and my family”, said journalist Branko Geroski.

The Independent Union of Journalists and Media workers (SSNM) condemned Prime Minister Zoran Zaev statement as well. They demand an apology.

“Politicians, and especially those who hold  high positions have to be careful when giving statements. Inadequate statements can cause damage of unseen proportions. It can cause damage to individuals, as well on the freedom of speech”, say from SSNM.

The Macedonian Association of Media commented yesterday’s statement. They said that it represents a direct threat to the media, journalists and all forms of free speech. They demanded that the Prime Minister apologize for his statement.

Uranija Pirovska, Executive Director of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of North Macedonia, wrote on her Facebook. She said that the LGBTI community in the country will not forgive Prime Minister Zaev, on the statement he made.

“Disgusting in many ways! So much for accepting and respecting differences! Everything spoken and done previously was pure demagogy”, said Uranija Pirovska.

On yesterday’s statement, political parties also gave their comments.

The opposition party VMRO-DPMNE said that Zaev was in an obvious state of panic after evidence came to the surface in the case “Reket”.

“VMRO-DPMNE condemns the insults and threats of Zaev to journalists who publicly exposed his crimes. VMRO-DPMNE condemns the insults based on sexual orientation”, say from the party.

After his statement, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tried to correct himself with a message on “Twitter”. He apologized to the LGBTI community, emphasizing that he will fight for their rights as he had done before.

“Before using the word ‘faggot’ I apologized. I used that word as a character trait and not to define someones sexual orientation”, wrote Prime Minister Zaev on “Twitter”. In spite of his reaction, in the written statement there is no apology to the ‘vain journalist’ ”, mentioned in his statement.