Albanian journalists repeatedly threatened, attacked

first_img Julian Shota, a reporter for commercial TV channel Report TV, went to the town of Laç yesterday to cover an explosion that had just occurred in a bar but, on arriving at the bar, was immediately ordered to leave by its owner. After telling Shota not to film, the owner seized a pistol and threatened to shoot him. News AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence “Laç is reputed to be a dangerous town with very powerful crime rings that are not necessarily targeted by the local police,” RSF was told on condition of anonymity by a journalist who specializes in the region. “To do their reporting properly, journalists must deal with organized crime all the time, and yet they are paid very poorly.” Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis RSF_en It is not known who fired shots with a Kalashnikov-style automatic weapon on 30 August at the Tirana home of Klodiana Lala, an investigative journalist who specializes in covering crime but, in a Facebook post a few hours after the attack, Lala said she thought it was linked to her reporting. The police have given her protection. August 7, 2020 Find out more AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Follow the news on Albania to go further The death threat against Shota and the shooting attack four days earlier in Tirana have highlighted the climate of violence prevailing in Albania, in which journalists are among the leading targets. Albania is ranked 75th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation April 29, 2020 Find out more “I owe my survival to those who prevented him from shooting and grabbed his wrist at the last moment,” a visibly shaken Shota said on the air on Report TV a few hours later. Help by sharing this information September 4, 2018 Albanian journalists repeatedly threatened, attacked Receive email alerts Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal News News Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a TV journalist was threatened at gunpoint in a small town in northern Albania yesterday, just four days after bursts were fired with an assault rifle at the home of an investigative reporter in the capital, Tirana. The police are investigating the cause of the explosion in the bar, which caused no injuries. They also took the bar owner and questioned at the local police station, but released him this morning. Julian Shota / TV Report News “Firing at a reporter’s home with a Kalashnikov and threatening a reporter at gunpoint are unacceptable practices designed to intimidate and silence journalists who dare to investigate suspicious events or organized crime, which is prevalent in Albania,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We call on the authorities to firmly and publicly condemn each attack and to protect journalists for as long as necessary for them to be able to do their duty to report the news.” April 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more