Statement of the President of the Republic H.E. Ilir Meta, regarding the cyber attacks on some online media in the country, that are critical of the Government and the Municipality of Tirana

Statement of the President of the Republic H.E. Ilir Meta, regarding the cyber attacks on some online media in the country, that are critical of the Government and the Municipality of Tirana

Due to the censorship, which comes from the affair of incinerators and not only, the non-reflection in the media of the position of the President of the Republic, for a very serious concern of the international community of journalists, I am obliged to call on all the citizens of the Republic, to follow me as much as possible on “Facebook” and social networks.

It is no longer an unknown fact, that censorship is reigning everywhere, and this is to the detriment of the interest of citizens and the public.

We will break censorship by all ways and by all means!

I stand in solidarity with the serious concern of the community of independent journalists, local and international, as well as strongly condemn the cyber attacks and the pressure on some online media that are critical of the Government and the Municipality of Tirana.

This disgusting model of violating the freedom of expression and independence of the media, which aims to bring them under control through pressure, violence and blackmail, in flagrant violation of the Constitution, laws and Conventions to which our country adheres, deserves a clear and immediate legal response from justice

Bringing to attention the regress, year after year of Albania, in relation to the freedom of the media, without the guaranteeing of which there is no democracy and there can be no opening of membership negotiations to the European Union, I invite the most prestigious world and European organizations of journalists to support the independent and courageous Albanian colleagues, who as always will have me by their side in the joint efforts for the democratization and full Europeanization of the country.

The growing violation of media freedom has helped dramatically increase corruption and state capture.

Let us all unite for the freedom of the media and reject the orchestrators of violence and censorship!