Albania: Government closes newspaper critical journalists protest
The newspaper theme ‘among the most critical test of the government of Albania Sali Berisha, will not be on newsstands tomorrow because the police have now surrounded the headquarters of writing and its printing press, preventing journalists to enter.
Dozens digiornalisti, editors and managers of several newspapers have protested in support of colleagues, accusing the premier of “a shameful act of political vendetta against the free press.”
The clash between the authorities and ‘theme’ was caused by the government’s decision to renounce unilaterally a concession contract signed in 2007 with the head, according to which the newspaper was leased part of an abandoned building owned the state.
According leautorità the building was included in an area declared a high security because there have been installed near the equipment for the production of new ID cards and new passports.
Police today sought to take account of the decision of the Court of Tirana suspending the order of the government until there is a final verdict. ‘It is extremely serious that a government ignores the decisions of the Courts, “said publisher of Tema, until two years ago exstrettissimo a collaborator of Berisha and currently a critical dellevoci against him.
Baze is the author of a series of articles and television broadcasts that have reported some cases where there are strong suspicions of corruption. The night before the New Year’s car was burnt in mysterious circumstances. “How stasuccedendo is not a personal battle between me and says Berisha-Baze – the premier wants only to intimidate the media which sioppongono to him.”