Bojan Jovanovski

North Macedonia ‘Extortion’ Scandal Pulls TV Station’s Plug

The private national TV station 1TV ceased airing its signal on Wednesday, unofficially due to major financial problems that have piled up since its informal chief, Bojan Jovanovski, known by the stage name Boki 13, was arrested late in July.

The TV station's main entrance on Friday was padlocked and its frequency blank, although its web page stayed active.

North Macedonia MPs Support Dismissing Chief Special Prosecutor

The parliamentary commission in North Macedonia on appointments and dismissals at Thursday's closed session unanimously supported the dismissal of the suspended chief of the Special Prosecution, Katica Janeva, who has been detained in relation to the "Extortion" scandal. All 13 MP members of the commission voted for her dismissal.

North Macedonia’s Zaev Condemned for Calling Detainee “Faggot”

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has come under fire for calling the detained celebrity-turned-businessman Bojan Jovanovski, the central figure in the ongoing "Extortion" scandal, a "faggot".

His use of the abusive term has been widely condemned by human rights organisations and media associations in the country.

North Macedonia Govt Announces New Anti-Corruption Team

North Macedonia's government said on Tuesday that it has decided to form an "operational" anti-graft team headed by Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski and including other top officials.

The team will "work uncompromisingly and through a coordinated approach in the fight against crime and corruption", the government said in a statement.

North Macedonia’s President Demands Faster ‘Extortion’ Probe

Signalling his impatience with the unfolding "Extortion" scandal that has rocked North Macedonia in recent days, President Stevo Pendarovski on Monday called on prosecutors investigating it to "leave their summer vacations aside and get to work" in order to uncover the facts.

Fresh “Extortion” Video Recordings Shake North Macedonia

The Italian newspaper La Verita, which on Thursday published a video of two suspected extortionists and their alleged victim, says the voice of the embattled chief of the Macedonian Special Prosecution, Katica Janeva, can be heard on its new upload on YouTube - which consists of eight recordings.