The main item on the agenda of the session of the Albanian Central Election Commission (CEC) will be the requests for registration of the two groups of the Democratic party, the trial of former Minister of Defense Fatmir Mediu, for the “Grdec” case, was not held due to his absence, and according to the latest report of Freedom House, the biggest problem in Albania is corruption and organized crime.
These are some of the topics selected by the Editorial Office of CIVIL Media from Albanian media in the region.
RTSH: The CEC is registering the parties today, deciding which of the DP will be registered, the one of Alibeaj or of Berisha
“State Election Commissioner Ilirjan Chelibashi is expected to decide today (Thursday, March 9) on the registration of some parties in the local elections of May 14.
The main focus will be on the requests for registration of the two groups of the DP, one of Sali Berisha, known as “Ritemelimi”, and the other of Enkelejd Alibeaj, who is known as the official representative.
The conflict between them on leading DP has led to the question as to which group will represent the largest opposition party”, reports Albanian state media RTSH.
TVKlan: The trial of Fatmir Mediu for the “Grdec” case was not held
“Not having prosecutors in the courtroom is the reason for the postponement of the preliminary hearing on the ‘Grdec’ case. They announced they were abroad for work-related reasons.
Not even the defendant in this process, Fatmir Mediu, appeared before the black squads. Only the lawyers were present in the room and so the court postponed the hearing for March 23, 2.00 pm.
Judge Irena Gjoka has to decide whether Fatmir Mediu will be a subject to a court procedure or not”, reports Albanian TVKlan.
Albeu – Freedom House: Freedom in the world, a decline for 17 years in a row/ Problem with corruption and organized crime in Albania
“Amy Slipowitz from the Freedom House organization, in a conversation with Voice of America said that Albania notes no change from the past. ‘On the positive side, religious freedom and freedom of assembly are generally respected areas. There are areas that could improve. Political parties are very polarized, while corruption and organized crime still remain serious problems, she said”, reports Albanian media outlet Albeu.
Telegrafi: The EU Council of Ministers is expected to approve the liberalization of visas for Kosovo today
“On today’s agenda of the session of the Council of Ministers of the European Union is the approval in the first reading of the visa liberalization for Kosovo”, reports Kosovo daily Telegrafi.
RTV 21- Freedom in the world: Kosovo among countries with greatest improvements
“In the latest report of Freedom House on Freedom in the World, Kosovo ranks in third place on the list for improvements in this field”, reports Kosovo RTV21.
BalkanWeb: “The Yugoslav Secret Service showed interest in the anti-Zogist emigration, the consul in Bari received 4,000 gold coins”/ A file of UDB on the Albanian political exile
“The Serbian-Slovenian-Croatian government and the Yugoslav Intelligence Service showed great interest in the Albanian emigration, particularly the one in Italy. The then Yugoslav consul in Bari (1926), received 4.000 gold coins to help the Albanian emigration. At that time, Yugoslav agents started a strict propaganda of convincing Albanian emigrants to accept the monthly assistance offered by Belgrade, in order to bind them”, an excerpt of the analyses “The Yugoslav Secret Service showed interest in the anti-Zogist emigration, the consul in Bari received 4,000 gold coins”/ File of UDB on the Albanian political exile” in the section “File” of Balkan Web.
Translation: N. Cvetkovska