OSCE Urges for the Respect of Journalists' Labor Rights in Albania
Albanian Daily News
Published February 14, 2018
During his visit to Albania, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Desir, met with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Media Committee.
The Representative and the authorities discussed the importance of promoting a strong and pluralist media landscape, quality of information, respect for the independence of journalists, the protection of the economic and social status of journalists and the reform of the public service broadcaster RTSH.
"The economic status of journalists in Albania remains one of the most pressing issues in the country. The nonexistence of working contracts and delays in the payment of salaries and social contributions entail a high risk of self-censorship," Desir said, underlying the need for the respect of journalists' labor rights.
The Representative also met with Gentian Sala, Chair of the Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA), Thoma Gëllçi, General Director of the public service broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), Kristaq Traja, Chair of the Steering Board, as well as numerous media analysts and journalists to get their insights on current issues and future co-operation in their respective branches of the media scene in Albania.
"I welcome several positive developments in the RTSH in recent years such as an editorial guidelines document, a new statute and a development strategy. However, this positive momentum should be used to fully complete the restructuring of the public service broadcaster and to overcome current challenges, including the process of digitalization," Desir said.
Concluding his trip, Désir commended the very good and constructive relationship the Albanian authorities enjoy with his Office and the OSCE Presence in Albania, offering his assistance to further support and improve the media landscape in the country.