AJK condemns selection of media coverage on coalition agreement

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Source/Author: Association of Journalist of Kosovo
Source/Photo: Printscreen from arbresh.info

PRISTINA, 04.09.2017 – Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK) condemns selection of media by PAN coalition and New Kosovo Alliance (AKR) party on the occasion of reached agreement which aims to form post-election institutions.

AJK expresses deep concern that media were not invited to cover the coalition agreement signature ceremony held on Monday late evening between PAN coalition [Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and NISMA] and AKR of Behgjet Pacolli. Arbresh.info was the only online media that covered the event.

“AJK considers that in this activity other media should have been invited without any exclusion”, association’s press release reads.

The portal’s owner is Rrahim Pacolli, close relative of AKR’s president, Behgjet Pacolli. The new agreement seems to end the deadlock of forming the institutions and to end political post-election crisis in Kosovo since early parliamentary election held on June 11th 2017.

“The today’s action of PAN-AKR coalition was aimed by some politicians to escape from media and journalists. Also, the coalition in question aimed to dictate the reporting of media for this agreement, an event that represents extraordinarily interest for public opinion,” AJK’s press release says.

AJK demands greater engagement from political parties especially from those that aim power in governance and show readiness to be challenged and cooperate with journalists.