OSCE positively assesses the new media draft bill: We had a very constructive cooperation

The OSCE considers the majority’s new draft bill for the media as positive and with significant improvements.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, points out in his legal review that there are obvious improvements compared to the previous versions that were reviewed and shared with the authorities in January and June of this year.
On the other hand, the OSCE independent expert points out that constructive cooperation with the Albanian authorities led to numerous improvements in the legal framework.
“OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, released today a legal review of the Draft Law on Media Services in Albania after some consultations on the drafting process with government representatives in recent months.
Analysis by Dr Joan Barata Mir, an independent media freedom expert, underlines significant improvements compared to earlier versions that were reviewed and shared with the authorities in January and June of this year.
The representative stressed: “Future legislation is required to respect international standards and OSCE commitments to freedom of expression and not to adversely affect media freedom in the country.”
“My office has been involved in a long consultation process when drafting this legislation,” Désir said, “I appreciate the constructive cooperation with the authorities that led to many improvements”, is said inter alia in the OSCE legal review.

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