Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has scored another act of arrogance against the media and freedom of expression targeting his national press in Brussels. His anti-media commitment was done in the heart of Europe-Brussels, where freedom of expression, the rules of democracy and separation of powers are fundamental values for those who aspire to become part of the European Union.
While PM E. Rama during the meetings reportedly tried to convince international partners that his government is making progress in the functioning of democracy and the rule of law, his behaviour against Abc News journalist in Brussels, ERISA Zykaj proved completely the opposite.
His insulting commitment towards the freedom of press questioning his political commitment came after journalist asked him some ‘hard time’ questions. First of all PM Rama directly targeted the personality of the journalist and the second time by refusing to answer the question with a gesture of ignorance, worthy of a leader whose country just erected out of the dictatorship rule.
Journalist asked Prime Minister Rama initially for the concerns also rose from the European Council president, D. Tusk, the need for dialogue and compromise in domestic politics.
PM Rama subsequently insulted her instead of answering the question!
However journalist tried to respect the Albanian Prime Minister continuing with the second question concerning the country’s government battling the crime networks, indeed Prime Minister with an official un-civilised behaviour turned his head to the other side ignoring the journalist. Once again, Albanian journalist Erisa Zyka respected her ethical commitment remaining adamant to get the answers for the questions she made, the insulting response moved further.
Such a terrifying scary stand against a journalist indeed will not pass-by without a trace to the Brussels institutions and particularly those concerned for the freedom of expression.
Erisa Zyka is an experienced journalist and director of the International Press Association in Brussels.
International Federation of Journalists in Brussels is already informed and a press statement of condemnation is set to be released. Albanian prime minister’s reaction is a typical arrogance of power targeting the freedom of press.
In the video below Prime Minister Rama appear rude to the Albanian journalist:
Unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the infrastructure and corruption continue to deter much foreign investment. According to a report published by graft watchdog Transparency International in 2012, Albania is currently the most corrupt country in Europe.
Albania made a formal application for membership of the European Union in 2009, on the basis of a 2006 Stabilisation and Association agreement. It was granted EU candidate status in June 2014.
The EU is keen to encourage further reform, particularly as regards stamping out organised crime and corruption and developing media freedom and property and minority rights. Edi Rama, the Socialist Party leader who took over the reins of government in 2013, has vowed that Albania will achieve full EU membership within the next ten years.