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Specialist Guide to the

Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

ALBANIA

While Albania’s internet growth is notable and its television market dominant, the most significant area of focus in 2018 is better implementation

of law on media freedom.


In the past year, the independence of media came into question after proposed legislative amendments, by the Socialist Party, were described as a form of “sophisticated silence censorship” by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).


The EFJ has raised concerns over the wording used by the authorities which ambiguously targets “uncontrolled and unregistered news websites”

and “mandates state authorities to close them down if they engage in election propaganda or conduct unauthorized opinion polls or go beyond information”.


Mimoza Koçiu, coordinator at the Association of Professional Journalists of Albania (APJA), said: “Our concern is the restrictions on the news during any electoral campaign because it’s not clear what the law will consider as ‘propaganda’. These changes come in a very sensitive moment

after public reports that mainstream media will change their editorial line currently critical to

the government.”


Other legislative developments include parliamentary approval in May 2017 of an amendment to the Law on Audiovisual Media. Changes affect rules for advertising by political parties during political campaigns.


In other news the AMA, Albania’s electronic media regulator, granted a third digital TV network license to Digitalb/Top Channel. Genc Pollo, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Media commented on the impact of this.


Mr Pollo said: “The direct consequence is an over concentration and a quasi monopoly in TV broadcasting which will undoubtedly negatively affect the media pluralism and freedom.”

TIER 1

Boga & Associates media work stems from its communications, entertainment and IP specialisation, which earns the firm its leading position. With an established national position, the full-service practice expanded its reach with an office in Kosovo and works closely with clients in both regions. Renata Leka is the firm’s key contact of media-related work, which includes advice on copyright, advertising and unfair competition.


Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is known for its advice on regulatory issues, data protection, internet, anti-piracy and privacy. The firm is highly regarded for its work with broadcasters and maintains strong links with long-standing clients. Lawyers regularly advise Eurolloto, Telesport Television and Telesport Newspaper and have worked with AGON TV on the acquisition of rights from several international copyright agents on its behalf.  


Tonucci & Partners has a distinct practice dedicated to sports and gaming. The firm runs separate divisions for media, IP and data protection. As part of their work practitioners provided legal and regulatory advice to the European Commission and supervised the telecommunications, multimedia and audio-visual legislative reform in countries including Poland, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic. 


TIER 2

Media and entertainment are among the strongest practice areas of full-service firm Kalo & Associates. Also known for its IP services, the firm provides regulatory and transactional advice. Practitioners work with leading telecommunications operators, satellite and software companies among others with Anisa Rrumbullaku at the forefront of sector-related activity.


Media clients describe Wolf Theiss as a practice “compounded of professional dynamic lawyers who are always available”. The firm works with clients from the broadcasting industry on multiple complex cases and is highlighted for “several specialties ranging from media law and IP law and commercial law to litigation cases”. Sokol Nako manages the practice and is recognised by clients as “an expert in media law”.


TIER 3

Drakopoulos Law Firm is known for its combined media and intellectual property focus, with areas of expertise including entertainment and publishing law. The team advises on corporation transactions, sector-related disputes and unfair competition. Lawyers also handle advertising complaints in administrative and civil courts.


Loloci & Associates is widely recognised for its litigation expertise in the area of intellectual property, which drives its media activity. The firm is notably active in representing clients before the courts in matters including unfair competition, piracy and other related cases.

Ranking and editorials

TER 1

Boga & Associates

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha

Tonucci & Partners  


TIER 2

Gjika & Associates

Kalo & Associates   

K&H Law Firm

Tashko Pustina

Wolf Theiss   


TIER 3

Bozo & Associates

Drakopoulos Law Firm

Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law   

Loloci & Associates



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