EU demands independence and transparency from the Public Television

EU demands independence and transparency from the Public Television

Pristina, March 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

European Commission spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic, has commented the situation in the Kosovo’s Radio Television, following yesterday’s protest of 12 news editors.

During a press conference delivered in Brussels, Kocijancic said that the latest developments are a signal that the situation in the Kosovo public broadcaster has not improved.

“We have called on the parliament of Kosovo to guarantee the necessary conditions for an independent and transparent public broadcaster, to find a long term and sustainable funding solution for RTK and make sure that the appointment of the members of the Board must be based on professionalism”, Kocijancic said.

She said that the management of the public broadcaster and parliament of Kosovo must make sure that RTK meets all its legal obligations, “to serve the public, to be independent, unbiased and free from commercial and government influence”.

“For the European Union, freedom of speech and media are very important”, said the EU representative.

Kocijancic said that in its annual reports on Kosovo, the EU has often expressed its concern on the editorial independence of the public broadcaster.

12 news editors of the public broadcaster protested yesterday against the election of the editors in chief of RTK1, RTK3 and Radio Kosovo.

Their election has been abolished after the recommendation of RTK Board that procedures have not been respected. /ibna/