OSCE organized today the 6th annual media development forum focusing on the challenges the media in Albania copes with. Representatives of international institutions spoke about the changes in the media law, encouraging consultations to achieve a product that also complies with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Sorece also announced financial support for independent journalism.
"The EU is not only to evaluate the situation, but also to give its strong support to freedom of expression. Corrective efforts and positive policies make one side of the coin. The other side is to increase financial assistance to the Albanian media in this difficult time "said Mr. Soreca.
The OSCE Office will also follow the projects for the promotion of quality journalism, some of them in cooperation with RTSH. New Ambassador Del Monaco said that "Professionalism and quality are key ingredients to having a mature media consumer society, especially now that an endless amount of information is circulating that circulates freely and is accessible to a wide public."
The General Director of RTSH, Thoma Gëllçi made an overview of the transformation that the public broadcaster is undergoing, focusing in particular on the editorial line, which is increasingly oriented by the public interest.
"RTSH has become a practice of public control over the functioning of government institutions, from a curtain-off propaganda power it used to be years ago," said Mr. Gëllçi. "I think we have reached a stage of strong editorial independence in RTSH. It is clear that the public interest already prevails in the work of journalists and creators of RTSH. We want RTSH to become a school of good journalism," said Mr. Gëllçi.
During the forum, certificates were distributed to a group of journalism students at the University of Tirana, who perform professional internship at RTSH.