April 23, 2012
Kosovo journalists protest against the 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.
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 in Kosovo, who protested in front of the Kosovo assembly on Monday.
Pristina, KOSOVO – by Vedat Xhymshiti
Monday, April 23, 2012 | Demotix
The protest is 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.
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 Demotix 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 analysts say, by joining the camp of vote thieves and a bunch of over-corrupted politicians who was also supported by aforementioned ambassador.
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.