Albania loses seven spots in the freedom of information index

Albania loses seven spots in the freedom of information index

Reporters without Borders has issued the annual report on the freedom of information. In the part concerning Albania, the report states that  “attacks on the media from both the government and organised crime reached an unprecedented level in 2018”.

According to the report: “Journalists were subjected to insults, death threats and legal proceedings designed to intimidate and deter them from investigating corruption. Politicians, led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, branded them as trash and as fake news manufacturers. The prime minister has proposed a law designed to reinforce state control over the electronic media and, critics say, restrict access to news and information. A joint report published by RSF and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in March 2018 highlighed a number of threats to the media in Albania.”

As far as regulatory standards are concerned the report found that “they are being manipulated in favour of the government’s interests, and ownership of broadcast media is concentrated in the hands of a few big businessmen. This has created a situation in which self-censorship is widespread and 80% of journalists have no confidence in their professional future” /ibna/