AJK and the Embassy of the Netherlands held a panel discussion on advocating media freedom through the arts

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During the week commemorating World Press Freedom Day, the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kosovo, organized a discussion on promoting media freedom through art.

The discussion began with remarks from the Netherlands Ambassador in Kosovo, Carin Lobbezoo, emphasizing that freedom of expression online and offline is a priority for human rights in Kosovo.

The discussion panel was led by the Chairperson of AJK, Xhemajl Rexha, and included Alban Zeneli from the Department of Journalism at the University of Prishtina, Armend Ajredini, a Cartoonist, Meneta Zekaj Nushi from RTK, and Gazmend Syla from Klan Kosova.

The discussion focused on art as a powerful form of expression to convey messages concerning the continual attempts by governments to restrict media freedom and freedom of expression.

Part of the discussion focused on the physical safety of journalists, following last year’s attacks in the northern region of the country, as well as online attacks by government representatives and members of the ruling party against journalists and media outlets.