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The Albanian government introduced a series of legal changes to the country’s audiovisual law to regulate an ‘epidemic’ of fake news in online media.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced a draft law that would impose fines close to USD10,000 on online media outlets for defamation or breach of privacy. In January 2020, president Ilir Meta vetoed the controversial media law.
Mr Meta withdrew the “anti-defamation law” on 12 January on the grounds that it violated the constitution and has the potential to stifle freedom of the media.
In the explanatory notes that accompanied his decree, Mr Meta commented that the new law ‘could place Albania on the brink of authoritarianism and endanger its [EU] integration and the very existence of democracy in the country’.
Socialist Prime Minister, Mr Rama, has proposed similar initiatives in the past, claiming that online
media requires “disciplining” and that the proposed laws are “fully compatible with international standards”.
Under the constitution, the president can reject laws that have been approved by parliament only once.
The parliament, controlled by the Socialist Party, can either accept the decree and begin a new process of the law, or dismiss the decree with a majority.
Local and international rights organisations have described the draft law as a “censorship package” intended to regulate online media, which could increase censorship in the local media.
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.
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”.
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.
Boga & Associates
Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha
Tonucci & Partners
Gjika & Associates
Kalo & Associates
K&H Law Firm
Drakopoulos Law Firm
Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law
Loloci & Associates
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