Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

The Balkans Media Days have just ended this November 10 in Tirana. Far from the expected political correctness, the debates gave rise to intense discussions and drew a very dark portrait of press freedom in the region. But did the EU receive the message?

Balkans Media Days: The Anger of Journalists, the Silence of the EU

In a crowded hall attended by nearly 250 media professionals, the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, a regional meeting organized by the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) Johannes Hahn, is off to a flying start in Tirana on Thursday  November 9. Recognizing the importance of press freedom, the Albanian Prime Minister […]

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Hahn: Rama Has the Right to His Opinion about Press Freedom

Yesterday, closing the EU–Western Balkans Media Days, EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn once again expressed the “non-negotiable” conditions of the European Union regarding press freedom: We want to see sustainable accomplishments in the judicial reform and freedom of media. I believe these to be non-negotiable for the member states of the European Union. Commissioner Hahn, however, […]

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Basha: Rama’s Attack on Journalists Is Criminal

Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha has called Rama’s speech yesterday at the opening of the EU–Western Balkans media days, in which he attacked the media and accused them of violating human right, “criminal”: The speech yesterday of Rama against journalists is a criminal speech. Journalists are among the people most at risk in the world, […]

Rama Opens EU Media Days with Complaints about Fake News

Rama Opens EU Media Days with Complaints about Fake News

At the opening of the two-day conference EU–Western Balkans Media Days, Prime Minister Edi Rama continued his attacks on the Albanian media, which he claimed were untrustworthy and “violate […] the dignity of people in Albania […] from morning to midnight”: It is a fact that Freedom House, Reporters without Borders, EC in their reports […]

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

EU Celebrates Media Freedom, Blocks Exit on Twitter

There are few things that so beautifully illustrate the hypocrisy of the European Union than its recently announced EU–Western Balkans Media Days on November 9 and 10, in which “[o]ver 250 representatives of media and media-organisations, stakeholders and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU will meet at the media conference in Tirana on […]

Rama Invites Foreign Investors, But Advises against Reading the News

Rama Invites Foreign Investors, But Advises against Reading the News

Yesterday morning Prime Minister Edi Rama opened the “Tirana Business Matching 2017” event in International Hotel Tirana, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Tirana. The official aim of the event was to facilitate business meetings between foreign investors and Albanian entrepreneurs, and thus attract the direct foreign investments that have significantly decreased. But perhaps the main […]

EFJ Denounces Rama’s Insult of Journalists

Through a public statement, the European Federation of Journalists has expressed its indignation about recent attacks of PM Rama on journalists, asking about the accusations against his former right hand, Saimir Tahiri.

PD Leaves Parliament, Rama Attacks Journalists

PD Leaves Parliament, Rama Attacks Journalists

After the parliamentary majority rejected the request of the Prosecution of Serious Crimes to strip deputy Saimir Tahiri, the Democratic Party deputies left the hall in protest. Opposition leader Lulzim Basha declared before leaving the hall that the vote to protect Tahiri, who is accused of collaborating in international drug traffic and passive corruption, shows that […]

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