Copyright: Albanian Media Institute - Instituti Shqiptar i Medias, 2011
IMPROVING ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR MEDIA AND CITIZENS
Overall, the quality of the legal framework on access to information may be considered generally satisfactory, although by no means perfect. However, there is a stark discrepancy between the standards of the FOIA and its actual implementation. In general people do not believe that they can obtain information simply by filing a request. Also, public officials have not shown to fully know or comply with the law, as demonstrated by the internal regulations of those institutions in this respect.
According to Madrid-based Access Info, Albania ranks as one of the bottom ten countries in the world regarding Access to Information. According to a recent survey carried out by AMI on the FOIA implementation, there are numerous problems with accessing official documents in Albanian public administration.
This project seeks to raise awareness among the media and public on access to information as a constitutional right applicable by all, as well as assist investigative journalism in its efforts to increase transparency of government. The project activities consist in workshops for journalists on applying FOIA in their work, training courses related to use of FOIA and other tools to strengthen investigative journalism, roundtable discussions on implementation of FOIA and transparency between media, citizens, and public officials, empowerment of the public and the media to apply FOIA, and monitoring the implementation of FOIA and transparency of the judicial system and the public administration.
The project is supported by Civil Rights Defenders
JOURNALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS WEEKS
The knowledge of Albanian journalists in human rights is inadequate. While it can be said that there is awareness and sensitivity to political rights, when it comes to social and civil rights, awareness and sensitivity are scarce. As a matter of fact most of the journalists’ knowledge of human rights is limited. Moreover, Albanian media tends to prioritize political parties over the people, at the cost of reports on social issues, problems of minorities. In this way, marginalized groups and minorities tend to disappear even more.
In the recent years, AMI has focused on some projects related to anti-discrimination and reporting diversity. However, there is a need for further focusing on the topic of reporting through a human rights and anti-discrimination angle.
The project aims to improve media coverage and professional and ethical reporting on human rights, minorities, and marginalized groups in Albanian media. The project adopts a three-year approach, proposing the development of seven training modules that target human rights in general and particular rights of marginalized groups and minorities, aiming to improve media coverage of these groups in the future.
The project is supported by Civil Rights Defenders
SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN MEDIA OBSERVATORY: BUILDING CAPACITIES AND COALITIONS FOR MONITORING MEDIA INTEGRITY AND ADVANCING MEDIA REFORMS
The project aims to nurture and foster prominent role of civil society in the media reform processes in the countries of South East Europe. It also aims at informing and sparkling public debates on media freedom and pluralism, particularly addressing impact of media ownership and political clientelism, and at influencing media sector reform processes through developing media integrity index, regional media observatory, consultations and coalitions.
The project will establish common, systematic approach at regional level in order to tackle the issue of media integrity. In order to have an impact and wide acceptance the strategy will include a number of stakeholders; namely independent state bodies, media regulators and self regulatory bodies, media industry, investigative journalists, journalists associations, all of them being crucial players in tackling media integrity.
The project brings together CSOs from IPA countries and from two EU member neighbouring countries - Slovenia and Hungary, both with experience of media transition and ability to contribute to media reforms in the region by presenting lessons learned from successes and failures in democratic transition of media sector. AMI is one of the partners of this regional project, led by Peace Institute, Ljubljana.
MEDIA ACCOUNTABILITY IN SEE
The project Media Accountability in South East Europe, with the joint participation of UNESCO and the European Commission, aims at fostering strong attention to freedom of expression, press freedom and freedom of information, and at strenghtening media accountability and transparency in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia and Kosovo (UNSCR1244). The actions proposed will build upon existing local and regional networks and will be inplemented in cooperation with other media actors. In this context, the Albanian Media Institute will be responsible for the coordination of two initiatives enhancing professional standards and media accountability: conducting research on online hate speech and establishing pilot ombudsmen in selected media outlets.
IMPROVING MEDIA FREEDOM AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM IN ALBANIAN MEDIA
The overall objective of the project is to improve Freedom of Media and Freedom of Expression in Albania as important aspects of democratization and European integration.
The project will establish the mechanism of Media Watch, which will bring to the eyes of the public and the interested actors real problems of media freedom in Albania, increasing their attention and sensitivity to these problems. Monitoring Reports on relevant media policies will contribute to more in-depth knowledge of the real problems of the Albanian media and Government conduct in this respect. The project aims also to promote independent and professional media in Albania against a background of intense developments in the profession of journalist, due to the advent of new technologies and digitalization. The project activities will focus on further improvement and implementation of media legislation, leading to stronger guarantees for journalism protection. Furthermore, the project has a strong component related to monitoring the process of digital switchover. AMI's partners in this project are InvestigativeJournalism Centre (IJC/CIN), Zagreb, Center for Independent Journalism, CIJ, Budapest.
Supported by EU
SOUTH-EAST EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
The overall objective of the project is to support the development of independent and accountable media in the Western Balkans. The project is led by Center for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, and focuses on in five Balkan countries, where AMI is the Albanian partner. The specific objectives of the project are: to improve the capacity of media organisations to address working and education conditions of journalists; to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes of journalists with respect to advocacy and media literacy; to inform and sparkle educated public debates on freedom of expression in general, and media freedom in particular; to broaden the stakeholders' and civic support for media sector reform processes; to support the accession process of the five IPA countries in the project (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.) The project will aim to achieve this through the following activities: research on employment conditions of journalists and on education needs for journalists and the public; freedom of expression and of media monitoring and advocacy; training sessions on advocacy and media literacy; advocacy activities.
Supported by EU