OSCE mentioned: Government finances its own media
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During his lecture held with students of journalism at University of Tirana, the OSCE representative for the media, Dunia Miatovic, noted some of the basic problems faced today by the albanian journalism.

Ms. Miatovic declared that Albania has a long road ahead, before we can say that it is free and healthy. "Many journalists are not paid, they have no working contracts, are politicized and this is unacceptable. Many of them have special interests, but they unite for their dignity, but this is not the case in Albania. Here they fight each other, same as in Sarajevo. You must unite and fight together, or you cannot be called journalists”, Miatovic declared.

Asked by the student if the partial distribution of state owned advertisements affects the media freedom, the OSCE representative said:

“It is clear that these revenues in Albania are not given with transparency, and they are not distributed to all media, but only to the one the government prefers. This is one of the cases that I will discuss with the authorities. It affects the media freedom, because it is actual, but the best thing is that it is a visible factor and everyone is aware of it, discusses about it, and it is not hidden. The selection should be made by organizing and distributing with transparency and honesty these funds in all media, not only to some that favor the government. These are only some of the problems that have affected the media, and this situation must change”, Miatovic declared. /albeu.com/
Published on: June 6, 2012 - 8:44 pm
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