EC Progress Report for Albania 2014

 European Commission: Albania still affected by political interests
The political disagreement on who to fill the vacancies in the media regulator marred the working of the body, with negative effects on the audiovisual in Albania, states the EC Progress report Albania, 2014. The lack of transparency of media financing and the interference in the media by political and economic interests remain major challenges.This includes the non-transparent allocation of funds for advertising by state-owned companies and the government.
The report concludes that has been some progress in the field of information society and media, but there is more to be done in terms of independence of public media, prosecution of attacks against journalists and strengthening the professional standards.
Full report available here.
Parts of the report on information society and media and freedom of expression available here.

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