The Freedom of Press in Kosovo

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The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. To discuss the freedom of press in Kosovo “Rubikon” TV programme  invited representatives from Association of Professional Journalists in Kosovo, media commission from the parliament, Radio Television of Kosovo, and BIRN – represented by Flutura Kusari.

The main issue discussed was the transparency of institutions on providing public documents. There is not enough transparency of these institutions since there are a lot of barriers to have access on the public documents.

Kusari, legal advisor at BIRN, explained the law on Access to Public Document, adopted by the Assembly on October 7, 2010, which gives full access to public documents.

BIRN has sent official requests to institutions asking for accessibility in the public documents. “The most transparent institution regarding the accessibility to documents is the Kosovo Business Registration Agency, while the least transparent ones are Data Protection Agency and the Prime Minister’s Office,” Kusari said.