Albania: ECPMF condemns bomb attack and calls for effective investigation

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30 October 2020

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30 October 2020

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) condemns the bomb attack on the home of Albanian journalist Elidon Ndreka, earlier this morning. We call for a swift, thorough and effective investigation into the attack, which Ndreka believes may be linked to his work as a reporter, that ensures those behind it are brought to justice.

 

On 30 October around 1 AM, explosives detonated at the entrance of Ndreka’s home, which he shares with his wife, children and his parents. The explosion caused only material damage but left the journalist and his family shocked.

 

We call on the authorities of Albania to ensure that this attack is investigated and prosecuted leading to the perpetrator(s) behind this attack being held to account, with the thoroughness and urgency the situation demands. In this regard, we recall that attacks on journalists and media workers affect not only the victims themselves but also the public’s right to information and the willingness of other journalists to continue their important work.

 

Media freedom is central to the rule of law and a key condition for EU membership. In its most recent Progress Report, the European Commission said among other things that Albania should “ensure a policy of zero tolerance for intimidation and attacks against journalists” and found no progress in this regard, noting that “during the reporting period, no final convictions of past reported attacks against journalists were recorded.”

This letter has been produced by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), which tracks, monitors and responds to violations of press and media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries. This project provides legal and practical support, public advocacy and information to protect journalists and media workers. The MFRR is organised by a consortium led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) including ARTICLE 19, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), the Institute for Applied Informatics at the University of Leipzig (InfAI), International Press Institute (IPI) and CCI/Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT). The project is co-funded by the European Commission.

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