Prime Minister Edi Rama participated today in a conference organized by the OSCE Office in Tirana, on "Journalism in times of crisis." Rama said that he was not the right person to speak in these meetings, because of his opinions on media freedom.
He said that in the name of media freedom, many things happen that go against this concept, such as spreading fake news on the internet.
Excerpts from the speech of Edi Rama:
"It is definitely a pleasure for me to be here after discussing with the OSCE Ambassador a while ago how to strengthen our cooperation and how to join efforts to create a better environment for media freedoms and the people involved.
On the other hand I have to admit that I am not exactly the right person to be invited to these meetings because of my opinions that differ from the politically correct ones when it comes not to media freedom, but to the way in the name of this freedom, many things that go against the concept of freedom happen.
I am referring to the spread of fake news on the Internet, to behaviors that tend to be against the freedom of other people, against the rights of other people, against logic, when it comes to realistic journalism based on the control of facts and clear freedoms and relies on a mission to represent the fourth real power and thus treat other powers.
I think there is a fine line and it is definitely dangerous to try to combine them and make both live together in harmony, when it comes on the one hand to respect the freedom of journalists and on the other hand to respecting the freedom of citizens.
When it comes to online media, the freedom of dissemination of this media has somewhat undermined freedom of speech. Freedom of dissemination cannot be the same as freedom of speech. It is easier said than done when it comes to regulating this chaotic space where truths and lies have become co-existent and coexist making it difficult to distinguish," said Rama.