April 22, 2012
Adoption of the new Criminal Code by the Kosovo Assembly, which holds articles tackling media on the chain of criminal responsibility by obliging them to reveal their sources, has been received very badly by the journalists’ community, who will protest in front of the Kosovo assembly on Monday, April 23, 2012 at midday.
Pristina, KOSOVO – by Vedat Xhymshiti
Sunday, April 22, 2012 | News Week
After reaction of the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo, that calls the new criminal code as ruining for the free media in Kosovo, sources close the scribe; have learned that the journalistic community is planning protests to reject the new Criminal Code, and to request the president not to validate it.
The protest will be the first one organized by the journalists in Kosovo after the war. The law that passed in the Assembly penalizes journalists even worse than the previous code, thus being against EU requirements that journalists are not prosecuted for offenses in their work.
Opposition parties also opposed the new Criminal Code. The Vetëvendosje Movement, which had left the Assembly session while the law was being voted, held a press conference to react over the new Criminal Code.
Kosovo’s parliament, on Friday April 20, 2012, approved Article 37 and 38 of the Criminal Code, which deals on media freedom, forcing journalists to reveal their sources of information.
“The adoption of this law constitutes a serious violation of press freedom”, told Newsweek Alma Lama opposition MP in the parliament of Kosovo, adding that the Kosovo Assembly stated Friday that the new law seriously violates the freedom of media, and installs a dictatorial state that blackmails freedom of the media, journalists, editors, editors-in-chief publishers etc.
Kosovo publishers and journalists, has been randomly oppressed and threatened by the political leaders of Kosovo, as well as the U.S outgoing Ambassador Christopher Dell, who is in charge of the theft vote in the December election of 2010, by joining the camp of vote thieves and a bunch of over-corrupted politicians who was also supported by aforementioned ambassador.
Ambassador Dell, is allegedly the sponsor of the recent law enforcement in Kosovo assembly, that force journalists to reveal their source of information, an internal source of the U.S embassy in Pristina, told the scribe.
More than 80 countries, including the United States and 22 of the EU’s 27 members, have recognized the state, which is the last to emerge from the remains of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. However Russia, Serbia’s old-time ally, has blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution on the country’s independence and emergence as a free state.
But Serbia maintains that Kosovo remains part of Serbia, which is why it says it has a right and duty to hold elections there. Abandoning Serbian-run “parallel institutions” in Kosovo is a condition that Brussels has set before Serbia, if the country wishes to get a start date for accession talks with the EU.