May 3, 2013
While Kosovo’s constitution and legal framework provides for freedom of expression the freedom of press, the media environment in Kosovo continues to be affected by political interference, corruption and financial pressure.
Lack of concrete international support for the implementation of legal provisions in Kosovo impedes efforts to improve democratization and protect civil and political rights, including freedom of press in the country. International security forces in Kosovo (NATO/KFOR) have failed to ensure freedom of movement for all citizens in of Kosovo as well as institutional officials, an important issue which has contributed heavily and influenced the ‘darkness’ of information on what is happening in Kosovo’s northern bank.
Because of inadequate enforcement of constitutional guarantees on freedom of the press and no improvement of reporting climate, assessment of ‘Freedom House’ on freedom of media in Kosovo continues to grow at 5.75, only 1.25 grade point far more evaluative as favoring the worse rank 7, ranked by Freedom House.