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Opinion / Editorial

What has a "state agency for media and information" got to do with freedom of information ?!

What has a "state agency for media and information" got to do with

"Media Freedom Rapid Response" or a new body created by the ideas of the EC has made a clear call on the attempt by the SP and its government to control the media through information from the government. Yes by checking with a directorate or agency the complete information that the media should receive freely from any government body. Six organizations that became partners under the Rapid Reaction to Freedom of the Media group called on the government of Edi Rama in Albania to abandon plans to establish a Media and Information Agency, while calling on the European Union to include the issue in the talks. next for membership. European Center for Freedom of the Press and Media, ECPMF, International Press Institute, IPI, OBC Transseuropa, OBCT, The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Free Press Unlimited (FPU) said an already difficult situation for Albanian journalists is likely to worsen further and the government's influence on the flow of information would be solid if plans for the agency move forward. . The creation of an "Agency for Media and Information" with the money of Albanian taxpayers as almost a ministry, would control all information from departments, directorates in the Albanian government and there would be no response and information without the control of this almighty directorate in relation to the right to information. A deviation that contradicts the freedom of information and freedom of expression, but also the laws that oblige government institutions to provide clear and fast information to the free media in Albania. An institution is being built to control any information that comes out of state offices. This is at the moment when the Prime Minister says that "online media and portals have shaken the true freedom of the media". Yes, of course, many portals make such nonsense about the news and the truth, but why should this nonsense be continued by an agency that makes freedom of information a "government protectorate" paid by citizens to be controlled by one hand information. So they make the freedom of information and expression a democratic "Euphemism" in Albania of many, many television media as well as portal and peripheral and central without numbers. After all: what does it matter, a government media and information agency in addition to controlling precisely the media and information? What has to do with the freedom of the media and the law that in our Constitution says: Article 22 1. Freedom of expression is guaranteed. 2. Freedom of the press, radio and television is guaranteed. 3. Preliminary censorship of the media is prohibited. 4. The law may require the granting of authorization for the operation of radio or television stations. Article 23 1. The right to information is guaranteed. 2. Everyone has the right, in accordance with the law, to receive information on the activities of state bodies, as well as on persons exercising state functions. 3. Everyone is given the opportunity to attend meetings of collectively elected bodies. What is the use of an "Agency" that should bypass Article 23 point 2 which should become the "filter" that should be given to everyone guaranteed by law and no longer the media, which according to the law is free? Well, until the freedom of expression, which for an official, should have the director of the agency whether he will express himself or not, for a question that is asked where the official is a civil servant paid by citizens, who have the right information. Why fold over an agency that controls and takes money from the state to filter or stop information? Why? The Alliance for Media Freedom and Rapid Response has asked the Socialist Party in Albania to immediately abandon plans to establish a Media and Information Agency, so as not to have full control over public information in this country. "We also call on the European Union to immediately engage with the Albanian Government to discuss these concerns, as a matter of priority in the accession talks," said the alliance, which is made up of six international organizations, which deal freely with media and the rights of journalists around the world. The Alliance for Media Freedom and Rapid Response was established in 2020 and is funded by the European Commission. According to her, the plans for the establishment of the Media and Information Agency in Albania, unveiled during the first session of the new legislature in the Albanian Parliament on September 18, could centralize control over the Government's public relations into a single entity. "According to the decision, the spokespersons of the ministries and government departments, "They will be barred from speaking directly to the media and public information or comments will have to be approved by the Director General of the Agency, who will be appointed by the Prime Minister and will have a position equal to that of a government minister." alliance through a statement. It also mentions that anyone holding the position of Director General will be able to appoint or dismiss spokespersons in each ministry and approve public appearances or interviews. The organizations that are part of the alliance believe that although the Albanian Government, headed by Edi Rama, has said that by financing this Agency with a state budget, it will increase transparency, in fact the opposite can happen. "who will be appointed by the prime minister and will have the same position as that of a government minister," the alliance said in a statement. It also mentions that anyone holding the position of Director General will be able to appoint or dismiss spokespersons in each ministry and approve public appearances or interviews. The organizations that are part of the alliance believe that although the Albanian Government, headed by Edi Rama, has said that by financing this Agency with a state budget, it will increase transparency, in fact the opposite can happen. "who will be appointed by the prime minister and will have the same position as that of a government minister," the alliance said in a statement. It also mentions that anyone holding the position of Director General will be able to appoint or dismiss spokespersons in each ministry and approve public appearances or interviews. The organizations that are part of the alliance believe that although the Albanian Government, headed by Edi Rama, has said that by financing this Agency with a state budget, it will increase transparency, in fact the opposite can happen. will be able to appoint or dismiss spokespersons in each ministry and approve their public appearances or interviews. The organizations that are part of the alliance believe that although the Albanian Government, headed by Edi Rama, has said that by financing this Agency with a state budget, it will increase transparency, in fact the opposite can happen. will be able to appoint or dismiss spokespersons in each ministry and approve their public appearances or interviews. The organizations that are part of the alliance believe that although the Albanian Government, headed by Edi Rama, has said that by financing this Agency with a state budget, it will increase transparency, in fact the opposite can happen.

“Gazetarët në Shqipëri janë duke punuar aktualisht në kushte jashtëzakonisht të vështira për të pasur qasje në informacion nga burimet qeveritare. Qeveria komunikon me gazetarët përmes grupeve në platformën WhatsApp, në vend që të përdorë kanale zyrtare. Gazetarët që punojnë për media të pavarura diskriminohen vazhdimisht kur kërkojnë informacione nga ministrat. Gazetarëve që shihen si përfaqësues të “opozitës” nuk u mundësohet akreditimi dhe u mohohet bërja e pyetjeve në konferenca për media”. Kjo Aleancë ka theksuar edhe se kryeministri Rama nuk organizon konferenca për media dhe varet nga stacioni i tij televiziv ERTV për të shpërndarë tone të deklaratave të tij për mediat dhe se “intervistat jepen vetëm për gazetarë të caktuar, duke shërbyer si mburojë për kryeministrin dhe ministri të tjera që të mos përballen me pyetje sfiduese”. Ky ishte reagimi i “Media Freedom Rapid Response” dhe sigurisht që kanë të drejtë të shqetësohen për një kontroll të tillë mbi informacionin qeveritar që dhe sot merret me kaq vështirësi dhe që në fillimet e ardhjes në pushtet të Ramës u tha se “gjithkush mund të vinte” dhe të merrte informacion në shtet, sepse ishte detyrim të merrte përgjigje. Tashmë ky veprim do të kontrollohet ashpërsisht dhe kjo është faza e parë e një riprogramimi mbi lirinë e informacionit në qeverinë shqiptare. Deri ku do të shkojnë për një veprim të tillë kjo do të shikohet më tej.