High Prosecution Council seeks to turn the ‘accreditation’ of journalists into a tool of censorship.

    Contry AL
    Gender Group
    Date 19/11/2021
    City / Location
    Type of incident Threats against the lives and limbs of journalists
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes

    The High Prosecution Council, KLP, announced on November 19th that journalists would be allowed to be present during hearings after completing an accreditation application. However, the accreditation form sent to the media has raised concerns in newsrooms. Using personal data protection as a proxy, this document aims to dictate what journalists can report from KLP meetings and what is prohibited, turning it into a pre-censorship tool.

    According to the KLP form, the material forwarded to the public by the journalist should not have references to specific names, except for the names of Council members and the names of prosecutors on whom disciplinary measures of suspension and dismissal have been imposed.
    This ban, according to journalists, makes it impossible to report on the work of the institution, the construction of which aimed to restore public confidence in the justice system.